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Blaste posticata - female

Blaste posticata - Female
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA
January 24, 2011
Size: 3.9 mm
It may get hotter than Hades in August here, but we can go out and find psocids in January. This species is difficult to tell from B. garciorum. I had to make a permanent slide of the genitalia to do it. Things went well (they don't always). I was able to get a nice view of the 9th sternum and (I'm not kidding) it looks like Clara Bell the clown (Fig. 930 in Mockford's North American Psocoptera). Are you yanks jealous? Caught on lichen covered branches of Texas persimmon.