Eating my rice

This post is dedicated to my wife’s good eyesight. She was preparing supper and just as she poured the rice in the pan, she called me: “what are these things in the rice?”

The “things” were so tiny I couldn’t tell what they were with my bare sight. And even after having a better view of them, I didn’t know.

booklouse in a grain of rice
The “thing” was so small I couldn’t tell what it was.

It turned out these bugs were booklice from the Liposcelis genus. Many species of Liposcelis are associated with human habitation and several are well known as pests of stored products –mostly grains.

I kept my infested rice bag so I’ll try to obtain better images of these tiny creatures later on. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a short clip I made from the Liposcelis sp.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Manu Prakash says:

    This is absolutely incredible post. What an amazing exploration; the fact that these little things are eating all the rice. I wonder how long it takes them to eat a grain of rice. Specially if they form tunnels while eating. Just such a beautiful post 🙂


    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Manu! As I’m keeping my rice bag, I’ll be able to answer your question –in a few years, or decades, I presum 🙂


  2. laksiyer says:

    That is great.. Their characteristic mouth parts are also a give away. It is amazing that they are related to the head/body lice. I hope you get the different stages. I found some immature pscoptera with wings on a tree. Hope we can compare notes on them.

  3. Tom Hata says:

    Terrific video! Your observation touches on one thing that has been on my mind lately, and that is how to map out the biodiversity in my home and backyard. I’m sure if I start looking systematically, the numbers will be absolutely staggering.

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