Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Liposcelis divinatorius (M¸ller)

Order: Psocoptera
Family: Liposcelidae

Size range

  • Tiny, body length up to 1.5 mm


  • Cosmopolitan
  • Found in houses

Life History

  • Prefer high humidity
  • Damage paper
  • Eat mildew, paper fibres, dried vegetable matter
  • At night, sometimes make a clearly audible "ticking" noise by tapping the abdomen on the surface of paper
  • Other species with wings found outside on trees and shrubs

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