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Belaphotroctes sp. - Belaphotroctes undescribed - female

Belaphotroctes sp. - Belaphotroctes undescribed - Female
San Marcos, Hays County, Texas, USA
June 28, 2013
Size: 1.7 mm
Went out this morning dejected about the hot, dry weather (will be 105 today). I swept some low native grasses and caught a tiny creature that I assumed was a very small winged ant. Didn't look like a psocid. I photographed it then viewed it in alcohol. Wow! Batman... what a find. I'm rather certain of the genus due to the very wide Mx4 and other features. I will probably have to send this one to Mockford to get it to species. Wish I could have gotten better shots of this marcopterous female but she's just too small for that given my skill and equipment.

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Belaphotroctes sp. - Belaphotroctes undescribed - female Belaphotroctes sp. - Belaphotroctes undescribed - female

Moved
Moved from Belaphotroctes.

Just heard back from the Wizard of Normal
and Dr. Mockford has dissected this specimen and determined that it is a 'new" species. I must find more including some males. This one may be an ant mimic.