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Globular Springtail

Dicyrtomina minuta forma saundersi

Description:

About 1.5mm long. Springtails are decomposers, feeding on decaying organic matter. They're generally found in damp habitats, where they can be incredibly numerous. Even so, they often go unnoticed due to their small size. Most species have a forked tail appendage (called the furcula) that is held beneath the abdomen, under tension. Releasing the furcula allows springtails to jump huge distances to escape predators.

Habitat:

Found under bark.

Notes:

European taxonomy considers this a separate species (Dicyrtomina saundersi), but American taxonomy places it as a color form of D. minuta. See BugGuide reference.

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11 Comments

kyrontf
kyrontf 8 years ago

Thanks again, all!

AnoopPBhaskar
AnoopPBhaskar 8 years ago

wow nice capture!! amazing pictures too

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

nice pics!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Wow! Great macro Kyron!

kyrontf
kyrontf 8 years ago

Thanks everyone. I'll be posting more of these shortly. They're abundant right now, probably quite a few species.

ScottHarte
ScottHarte 8 years ago

Great macro of an interesting animal.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

VERY interesting! A new one for me too.

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

Very interesting creature. I have never seen this before.
Thank you very much for sharing.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Amazing and beautiful little bug! Love the colors and mosaic-like pattern!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 8 years ago

What a cool little creature!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fascinating!

kyrontf
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kyrontf

British Columbia, Canada

Spotted on Jan 11, 2013
Submitted on Jan 13, 2013

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