|A head-on view of a barklouse. The tiny size is highlighted by using the individual lenses (ommatidia) of the eyes as a rough idea of scale.|
|Note the elongate shape, rounded antennal segments and longitudinal lines on the elytra and pronotum.|
|A close-up of the pronotum. The hind (left) angles have a tiny tooth and there are two slightly raised lines on each side of the pronotum - the inner one is quite clear, the outer one less so, though it can be seen as a broken bright line.|
|A mite showing the hard surface with a few long hairs (and some bits of plant material stuck to it!), but no velvety covering as seen in the more familiar 'spider mites'.|
So, what next for the 'Bark at the Moon' series? Well, I still have some specimens to identify and I intend to continue collecting, so although posts in this series may slow down a bit, I strongly suspect there are more to come. After all, how else to investigate these under-recorded groups..?
Joy, N.H. (1976). A Practical Handbook of British Beetles (2 vols.). Classey, Faringdon. (This is the resized reprint of the original 1932 classic work). A CD-ROM is also available.
New, T.R. (2005). Psocids. Psocoptera (Booklice and Barklice). RES Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 1(7): 1-146.