Spring Springtail

Isotomurus palustris

If you move a garden pot that has been standing for a while, particularly after rain, and if you look closely where the pot was standing you may see some of these tiny little creatures (2.5mm (0.1in) long) begin to scurry around looking for cover. I believe this one maybe called Isotomurus palustris.

If you wish to learn more about Springtails please visit What Are Springtails?


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April 2018, rear garden found under garden pot, Staffordshire, England. ยฉ Pete Hillman

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    1. You are welcome, Paul. The to-do-list will never be complete I suspect, as there is always so much to want to do. I need to concentrate on springtails more, too, and perhaps do a survey on my garden to see how many different species are living here. I have quite a good AIDGAP key on them, but they can still be quite a challenge to accurately id.

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  1. I’m sure I’ve read the article you linked in the past, but I’m a little more educated now, so more of it will stick. They are amazing complex creatures, given their size. On the linked page, I especially liked the Orchesella villosa. That little critter is almost cute!

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