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Order Collembola: the springtails and snowfleas — Examples

Springtail (Order Collembola)
Springtail, order Collembola.
Photographed and identified by: Matt G. Location: southeast rural Colorado, USA. Date: mid-May, 2016. Says Matt, “This tiny guy (about 0.75mm) landed on an avocado we we eating indoors.” Matt took this photo with a cellphone “through a specimen scope at 4x with 10mm objective.”
Springtail furcula (Order Collembola)
Springtail, order Collembola.
Photographed and identified by: Matt G. Location: southeast rural Colorado, USA. Date: mid-May, 2016. Matt says, “You can just make out its furculum.”
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Collembola (Order Collembola)
Springtail, order Entomobryoidea, subclass Collembola.
□ An excellent photo of a small insect!
Photographed by Jill E. Hadfield. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Stockport, England, UK. Date: 13 July, 2017. Jill says, “They’re hard, move quite quickly, seem a bit jerky/jumpy, can float/move in water not drown.”
Collembola (Order Collembola)
Springtail, order Entomobryoidea, subclass Collembola.
Photographed by Jill E. Hadfield. Identified by: KnowYourInsects.org. Location: Stockport, England, UK. Date: 13 July, 2017. Jill saw several with the largest one at about 1/4 inch (about 6 mm) long.
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Collembola (Order Collembola)
Springtail, order Entomobryoidea, subclass Collembola. Collembola.
□ They are tiny, so it is difficult to get a good close-up!
Photographed and identified by: Eric Smith. Location: Hoover, Alabama, USA. Date: 15 May, 2017. Eric says, “For months I’ve had these tiny tiny insects around my house. I first noticed them on the brick on the shady side of our house. Then around the doors. Tonight I found some inside on the kitchen window sill.”
Collembola (Order Collembola)
Springtails, order Entomobryoidea, subclass Collembola. Collembola.
□ Springtails like dampness and feed on mold and mildew spores. They can get quite plentiful, but they’re harmless little critters that usually disappear when things dry out (no more spores, so they move on).
Photographed and identified by: Eric Smith. Location: Hoover, Alabama, USA. Date: 15 May, 2017.
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Photos at the top of this website are (from left to right): potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) — photo credit: Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture; ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata)— photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; sweat bee (Agapostemon splendens) — photo credit: Natalie Allen and Stephanie Kolski, U.S. Geological Survey; preying mantis, monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), hellgrammite (aka toe biter) larva and eyed click beetle (Alaus oculatus) — photo credit: Leslie Mertz; Halloween pennant (Celithemis eponina) — photo credit: Kay Meng, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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