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Tiny Big Headed Bug - Ectopsocus vachoni

Tiny Big Headed Bug - Ectopsocus vachoni
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
October 1, 2013
Size: Body 0.7 mm
This little bug was on a newspaper and if he was reading it, he must have been a speed reader, because he was fast. I apologize for the quality of photos, but I didn't have my better lens with me. I tried trapping him under the lid of a jar, but as soon as I turned it over, he was off and running. I thought I heard a faint "Hi-yo silver...away" as he disappeared. I have no clue what he is...any help out there?

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Ectopsocus vachoni Badonnel --det. E.L. Mockford

 
Ectopsocus vachoni Badonnel
Thank you so much for the ID. One question (I apologize if it's stupid, but I specialize in that) what does the prefix "det." stand for in front of Dr. Mockford's name?

 
shorthand for 'determined by'
actually, an abbreviation of the Latin 'determinavit' next to the name of the identifying expert (traditionally, after) on specimen label.
zoologists and botanists [the latter to much greater extent] use all kinds of obscure esoteric notation that goes back to the times when the Latin was the lingua franca of science.
[it's even more pervasive and elaborate in medical prescription writing, though]

 
shorthand
Thank you, very kind of you to answer.

nice series; will ask around
Moved from ID Request.

 
Tiny Big Headed Bug
Thank you for the info. I looked at the Booklice-Barklice photos and this little guy has a similar shape to Ectopsocus vachoni, but I am not certain. Now if had found him in a section called Newspaperlice I would have felt more confident. Thank you for your help.

 
actually, nice pics, given the size of the bug
i'm sure Dr Mockford will be able to narrow down the ID quite a bit, but i won't be sending him the next batch for another week or two, so let's be patient

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