Recently published name change for the asexual species in California: Haploembia solieri is now called Haploembia tarsalis. The third photo is of a nymph.
The sexual embiid Haplo solieri retains it's name and the population is spreading around Santa Clara County. The information is from J. S. Edgerly.
Speeding across the sidewalk.
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Subclass : Pterygota
Infraclass : Neoptera
Order : Embioptera
This is the first webspinner I've seen! Kinda cool. Going by this comment on BugGuide and pics elsewhere on the web, I'm guessing this is Haploembia solieri, mostly due to the faint spots on the back of the head. Apparently it's not native to CA. Boo.
The order Embioptera, commonly known as webspinners, are a small group of mostly tropical and subtropical insects, classified under the subclass Pterygota. The order has also been referred to as Embiodea or Embiidina. The name Embioptera ("lively wings") comes from Greek, εμβιος, embios meaning "lively" and πτερον, pteron meaning "wing", a name that has not been considered to be particularly descriptive for this group of fliers, perhaps instead referring to their remarkable speed of movement both...