Tiny, wingless, biting insects, Liposcelis corrodens Heymons, of the order Psocoptera. Booklice (nymphs and adults) feed on cellulose and carbohydrates, such as stored flour, paper, starch, and books. They especially like mold, mildew, and fungi. Eggs hatch into nymphs in 6 to 9 days and the full life cycle takes 24 to 38 days. The adult booklouse is a grayish white color and it reaches sizes of 1-2 mm. They have flattened bodies with relatively large mouths. Booklice prefer damp, constant conditions, and can often be killed by warming and drying their environment.
Synonyms and Related Terms
book louse; booklice; book lice; book mites (incorrect); psocid; pscocid (sp)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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