Peripsocus maculosus Mockford - Peripsocus maculosus
The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Texas, USA
November 25, 2010
Size: 2.6 mm
This psocid lives in "high cotton" as we say in the South. I had to take 2 deep breaths for this ID. I got out Mockford's "Peripsocus species of the Alboguttatus group" J. N. Y. Ent. Soc. 79(2): 89-115, 1971 and tried to decide whether this specimen is madescens or maculosus. The wing spots are definately "contrasty" and "spot no. 2 of second pale transverse row" is "a straight, narrow, transversy-oriented band"(cell M3). That clear spot is curved in madescens (see Fig 714 and 715 in Mockford's N. A. Psocptera). Also, cell M2 in this specimen has a triangular paler spot along the wing margin as shown in Fig. 714. The only trait that did not fit was that the hind wing in this specimen has distinct spots in cells R1,R3, R5 and M. It should have "a brown wash at wing apex and at apex of cell Cu2". I have asked Mockford for confirmation. I need a drink.