Paul Holmes's picture

Unknown bug

Observed: 13th June 2010 By: Paul Holmes
unknown bug
Description:

This bug found on bark of Ash sapling. Head to tail Length 5-7mm

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Martin Harvey's picture

Mesopsocus

A good photo! Clearly a female of Mesopsocus, and it seems a very good match for M. immunis as shown on the Barkfly Recording Scheme page:
http://www.brc.ac.uk/schemes/barkfly/account.aspx?SpeciesID=36

However, the RES key to barkflies seems to contradict the recording scheme photos, and says that Mesopsocus with brown speckles on the body are usually M. unipunctatus. It may not be possible to confirm without microscopic examination, but I'll see if I can find out more.

Both species are widespread.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Paul Holmes's picture

Now a known bug

Many thanks for the identification. This is one order that I have not come across before.