Ptycta polluta

Bark Louse

Ptycta polluta, Bark Louse, in Bark Lice family Psocidae


Family: Psocidae

Subfamily: Psocinae

Tribe: Ptyctini

Length: insect in photo 4.1 mm


Mockford (1993) gave the range as Nova Scotia to Key Largo, west to Minnesota and Texas.

In many areas the species reproduces via thelytoky, and males are unknown. In a smaller part of the range, both males and females are present.

Photo location: near Queens, Upshur County highlands, West Virginia.

Determined by Dr. Edward L. Mockford, professor emeritus, Illinois State University.

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