Booklice

Booklice

Various species — Liposcelis bostrychophila, Lepinotus patruelis

Appearance

Booklice
  • Adult — Size varies according to species. 1–2 mm long. Pale yellow–brown to dark brown in colour.
  • Nymphs — very small, often appear transparent. No larval stages.

Lifecycle

  • Liposcelis bostrychophila — prefers high temperatures 25–30°C.
  • Lepinotus patruelis — will breed at 5–15°C.

Habits

  • Liposcelis bostrychophila — Common in homes.
  • Lepinotus patruelis — Common in factories and on pallets.