[Strawbale] Re: psocids

Rob Tom ArchiLogic at yahoo...
Tue Jul 8 20:44:21 CEST 2008

On Tue, 08 Jul 2008 08:54:56 -0400, peter van balen <peter at tentotwo...>  

> So I remain a bit puzzled (maybe they're not psocids?)


If you've not already had a look at the "Bugs In Wet Conditions" file  
stored as SB-r-Us, you might want to. It will have images of the various  
critters that appear in human environments when there are amenable  
elevated moisture levels and contains discussion about each.

When trying to capture the images of little critters whose size may only  
be 1.5 - 3 mm in size, it sometimes is more effective to use a scanner  
rather than a camera.

What I've often done is *gently* sandwich the little critters between  
pieces of acetate (or similar thin, hard, clear plastic), taping the edges  
if necessary to prevent their escape and then place the bug sandwich onto  
the platen of the scanner, juxtaposed with a scale and covering with a  
sheet of white paper --and then scan both sides at the highest resolution  
setting possible.

If you end up with good quality "mug shots" of your as-yet  
unidentified/questionable-identity bugs, I'd be happy to include them in  
the file for future reference.

Good quality images always make identification easier.

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Rob Tom
Kanata, Ontario, Canada
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