Lice, Thrips and Fleas

Cloudy Brown Barklouse (Metylophorus nebulosus) (S Orridge)

3 orders of smaller insects, not usually studied:

Lice, booklice & barklice (Psocodea)

Thrips (Thysanoptera)

Fleas (Siphonoptera)

Lice, booklice and barklice (Psocodea)

A group of insects including barkflies, booklice and parasitic lice. 65 families and approximately 11,100 species worldwide; 36 families in approximately 140 genera and 650 species in the British Isles.

Chewing and sucking lice (Pthiraptera): Approximately 17 families in Britain, comprising 550 species of flattened, wingless ectoparasitic lice with tiny eyes or no eyes, short antennae and few segments. Main family in Britain is Primate lice (Pediculidae) with 1 species, represented by 2 subspecies: the now relatively uncommon Body Louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) and the Head Louse (Pediculus humanus capitis).

Booklice and barklice (Psocoptera): 19 families in Britain comprising 107 species. They have large heads, large eyes, long antennae, with winged and wingless species.

Booklice and barklice spp (Psocoptera spp) (S Orridge)
Booklice and barklice spp (Psocoptera spp) (S Orridge)

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all lice (psocodea) observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all lice (psocodea) observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Thrips (Thysanoptera)

Minute insects with fringed wings. 9 families with approximately 6,200 secies worldwide. In Britain, 3 families in 67 genera and 176 species. Mostly small species, about 2mm, but some larger to 7mm. They feed on plants and flowers (where they can often be found in abundance, especially on hot, thundery days), but occasionally on fungi or small insects.

Tube-tailed thrip (Phlaeothripidae) (J Mortin)

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all thrips (thysanoptera) observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all thrips (thysanoptera) observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Photos needed

Fleas (Siphonoptera)

Small flightless insects living as ectoparasites on mammals and birds. 18 families and 2,086 species worldwide; in Britain 7 families and 62 species. Small, laterally compressed and wingless, with very short antennae. Parasitical, adapted to living on mammalian and bird hosts. Long hind legs can enable jumping as far as 33cm, or 100 times their own body length.

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all fleas (siphonaptera)  observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all fleas (siphonaptera) observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Photos needed