Metylophorus purus

Barklice
Metylophorus purus

Identification:

Barklice Metylophorus purus came to moth light Jul 15, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.
Barklice Metylophorus purus came to moth light Jul 15, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.


Head: White. Face has a two black spots; one at center of face, and one above, between the eyes. Top back of head has two dark streaks.
Antenna: Base (scape) and first few segments white, becoming darker mid segments, then lighter at tips. Antenna longer than body. Thicker on male.
Thorax: Dark with a whitish Y-shaped mark in center.
Wings: Clear with dark veins. Triangular stigma on costal margin nearer tip has a clear center, bordered by a thick black, changing to white vein, ending with a small black dot. Black spot mid-wing on top edge (inner or posterior).
Legs: Mostly whitish, feet darker.
Abdomen: Mostly whitish with brown streaks – appears striped. Male abdomen thinner, curved.

Barklice Metylophorus purus came to moth light Aug 03, 2011 Wheatley, Ontario.
Barklice Metylophorus purus came to moth light Aug 03, 2011 Wheatley, Ontario.

Size: 6 mm to wing tip.

Flight Time: Mid-July to August.

Habitat: Trunks and branches of both deciduous and conifer trees, also fence posts and old wooden buildings.

Food: Lichens, dead bark.

Life Cycle: Eggs are covered with webs by the female.

Comments: Not listed for Essex or Kent county. Recorded for Guelph, Wellington and also Belleville.

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