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Tree Cattle : nymphs ...

Posted by
Baldwin VW (Bejuma, Venezuela) on 10 November 2016 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Barklice or Tree Cattle in the genus Cerastipsocus, and most likely Cerastipsocus venosus, are harmless, benign insects that feed upon lichens. Tree cattle, Cerastipsocus venosus (Psocoptera: Psocidae) are large barklice and get their common name from their habit of forming large colonies that move about in unison (much like a herd of cattle) ...

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Fascinating image and informative narrative here . . I had not known of these before.

10 Nov 2016 7:32am

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Très belle pris!e bravo

10 Nov 2016 9:53am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

They look like zebras. Lovely.

10 Nov 2016 10:43am

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

Such a wonderful name for these striped creatures!!!

10 Nov 2016 11:17am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Dizzying. They can't be good for the tree, can they?

10 Nov 2016 11:32am

@beach: Yes, they are harmless to the trees. They feed on lichens and remains of dead insects cleaning the bark of the tree ...

Reinald Van De Walle from Vigo, Spain

Impresionante imagen!! Que tamaño tiene cada uno?

10 Nov 2016 11:45am

@Reinald Van De Walle: Estos son ninfas y miden como 3 mm. de largo; los adultos tienen alas y miden como 6mm ... Las antenas son mucho mas largas que el cuerpo ...

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Wow!! What a mesmerizing view these cattle make when their striped bodies' are huddled together!! Thank you for the background info as well.

10 Nov 2016 12:58pm

@Steven: You're welcome Steven ... And they move all together, that's why they are called tree cattle ...

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle forme et vue quels insectes merveilleux superbe.

10 Nov 2016 1:35pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

QUite intrigung. I like their details

10 Nov 2016 5:46pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

W O N D E R F U L !

10 Nov 2016 9:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Strange and amazing creatures! Beautiful shot.

10 Nov 2016 10:57pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


11 Nov 2016 9:28am

kerrfoa from Rennes, France

Sublime détails

11 Nov 2016 4:06pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India


12 Nov 2016 4:16am

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