Saturday, 30 March 2013

Collembola 2

My favourite Collembola of the day was this globular one, Dicyrtomina saudersii (thanks to Alan Outen for the ID), only about 2mm long, but the details are amazing. Look at the round mouth (I presume) in the final photo.

Collembola 1

Delved into the wonderful world of Collembola (springtails) today, bouncing around in my garden leaf litter. Here's a selection of what I found. Identifications have kindly been provided by Alan Outen. (Species 4 remains unidentified). Click any photo for larger view.

Species 1: Orchesella cincta

Species 2: Entomobrya intermedia

Species 3: Tomocerus vulgaris

Species 4:

Species 5: Orchesella villosa

Species 6: Pogonognathellus longicornis

One of the above species (I think), showing the spring tail.

My favourite globular species will be in the next post...