Description of the Adult
Measures 5-6 mm (.20-.24 inch) in length, exclusive of beak, which is about half length of body. Occiput densely covered with yellowish brown scales ; proboscis black, without bands ; palpi in female purplish black, rather slender, four- jointed, terminal joint minute and circular. In male palpi very long, three- jointed, longer than proboscis by two terminal joints; evenly dilated from tip of basal joint to apex; purplish, with white band in middle of basal joint, nearer base; apical two joints set with rather short hairs. Antennae dark brown in both sexes, basal joint of female yellowish.
Thorax brownish black, profusely sprinkled with creamy yellow scales, pleura dark brown with large irregular patch of grayish white scales. Femora largely yellowish, black toward apices on upper side, with white dot at knee. Tibiae and tarsal joints black with purple sheen, those of hind legs densely scaled, tibiae swollen at apex ; whole of last two tarsal joints and apex of middle joint white. Claws of male anterior and middle tarsal joints unequal, larger with curved, blunt median tooth and acute basal tooth, smaller with single tooth near base, posterior claws equal, each with single median tooth. Female claws equal on all feet, anterior and middle ones slightly sinuous, with median tooth nearer base, posterior like those of male.
Abdomen deep metallic purple above, yellowish beneath, yellow extending up sides at apex of segments, showing slightly on dorsal surface at apical angles in last two or three segments.
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