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Zoraptera

Zoraptera are tiny, delicate insects and are normally less than 3mm in size. They live in small groups under bark or in rotting wood or leaf litter. They have also been found in termite nests from time to time.

Angel insects have triangular heads and biting mouthparts and look and behave like termites. They are scavengers of fungal spores and mycelium, and they sometimes eat tiny mites. They also like to spend time grooming themselves.

A photograph of an adult Zorapteran

A photograph of an adult Zorapteran.
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