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Blaste posticata  (Banks) - Blaste posticata - male

Blaste posticata (Banks) - Blaste posticata - Male
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA
August 22, 2012
Size: 3.4 mm
I introduced this male (caught on Texas pesimmon) into a vial with 2 female Blaste and watched through my dissecting microscope as he walked down the stick towards them. He approached the first and passed her by. He then approached the second female head on. They waved antennae for a second then he backed up to her and briefly flicked his wings. Then, as I watched in amazement, he backed up under her and they began copulating with lightening speed. I just got the ringlight for my dissecting scope and I would LOVE to try and get a video of this behavior!!! Mockford says that observations of mating behavior are rare for psocids. Everybody wish me luck.
I identified the species of this male by the distinctive terminal process of the hypandrium which is "bifid at tip".

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