Psocoptera (storage pests)

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unidentified species of Psocoptera in Australia (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): James Niland
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Rindenläuse
• English: psocids
• Español: psocópteros
• Français: psocoptères

Psocoptera (storage pests)

The order contains more than 5,000 species of small insects, several of them are storage pests or hygenic pests in houses. They feed on various organic materials like fungi or detritus.

The adults are typically only one or a few mm long, but some species reach a length of up to 10 mm. The antennae are long and filiform with 12-50 segments. The mouthparts are characteristic and are designed for scraping off particles from the substrate. Wings are usually present but some species are wingless.


For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.

The following genera are currently entered under this group: