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Barklice, I guess...

Barklice, I guess...
Soquel, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
July 19, 2011
Size: 3.5 mm
I usually don't try to photo insects this small, but it was sitting there on the dogloo, so...

Images of this individual: tag all
Barklice, I guess... Barklice, I guess... Barklice, I guess...

says E.L. Mockford: "This is a pseudocaeciliid and I don't recognize the genus. There are only four species of the family previously recorded from the US, and this is not one of them. It probably represents a recent introduction on the California coast."

Moved from Barklice, Booklice, and Parasitic Lice.

That is very interesting!
...I have to say barklice are extremely common in the area I now live. If I put a UV light on at night, I see more barklice than I do moths in the morning! The small size of most of them make them hard to shoot, but I really should try to get some more shots if they are coming so far to get their photos taken by me!

i don't know how far your hand-off policy goes...
...but collecting those for Dr Mockford would be a very good idea, imho; since you are in CA, you can also use the procedure described here: those guys keep track of non-native organisms that show up in California

...I don't really have a policy...
I try not to harm my beloved subjects, but I do understand that we are trying to better understand the distribution and behavior of unusual insects

...I am located near the University of California, Santa Cruz. Would they possibly have a connection with the department of agriculture? If not, I'd be better off just attempting to mail them. And as a practical matter I can't really afford to do that more than occasionally.

You probably understood what I meant, but just in case, when I referred to seeing large numbers of Barklice, I meant of all different kinds, most of which will probably turn out to be the usual garden variety barklice. Most of these are very small, and, alas, I am shooting with a 30 year old manual focus zoom lens with a 2X teleconverter on it.

...However, there just might be a way to get some good photos...

If it turns out that I can find another I will attempt the next step, in the name of science!!!

the inadequate understanding and awareness of most insect species is a major reason why humans do so much harm to them, although collecting specimens for research is certainly not among factors or activities that damage insect populations --but you don't need my lecturing you about that...
of course it was clear to me that you see a variety of b-lice, and i, for one, would love to see their portraits on BG, although the limitations of the available equipment may be prohibitive.
however, it is this particular beast of interest that you should try to apprehend. [btw, the results you get with this vintage hardware are bloody impressive!]

i think Dept.Agric. would assume the shipping charges -- at least that's the common arrangement in many countries: authorities want to monitor any potentially invasive organisms, incl. any 'new arrivals'.

very best to you --and keep me posted!

For the record, I kept these things...
For the record, I kept these things in a vile with a paper towel dampened with alcohol for ages. All I needed was an address to send them to.

I should have told you what happened. But it sounds pretty crazy. Still you deserve to know! I will email you - And try to keep it short!

Thanks for your comments!
I consider myself 49% ignorant - 51% enlightened when it comes to science and nature so I encourage your lectures.

as an aside when I was looking up info concerning my photo submissions of "Lawn Shrimp", the best photos and descriptions were provided by a professional pest exterminator in southern California. But my awe of the organization began to flag when I read on about their recommendation for economical yearly rates to have any and all pests eradicated by regularly scheduled monthly visits where they kill a broad spectrum of pests including spiders, ticks, moths, wasps, bees, ect...

In other words, killing everything just in case they may be pests. But now I'm lecturing!

I have a couple specimen in cold storage
I'm not sure if these are considered pests. I am awaiting a reply from Santa Cruz County Department of Agriculture. If they are interested I could forward the samples to them.

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