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|Comment||Eric, Thanks for the help. I've scanned the web for ptinidae to find a close match but it looks like that this family is not only very large but also very varied. In particular I am struggling to find an equivalent body shape with the head not being necked but having a sitting directly on the body as a hemisphere . Tomorrow i have access to to a high power microscope with an extended 3D focal depth profiling facility and i will try to get the whole beast into focus. Thanks again Robert PS: We have all food stuff removed and will only bring it back inside once we have an all clear and a week without spray / insecticide.|
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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.
Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.
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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.