Deuterosminthurus pallipes


Deuterosminthurus pallipes forma repandus
Deuterosminthurus pallipes forma repandus
Deuterosminthurus pallipes forma repandus
Deuterosminthurus pallipes

Class Collembola (Springtails)
Order Symphypleona (Globular springtails)
Family Bourletiellidae (Bourletiellid springtails)
Species Deuterosminthurus pallipes (Bourlet, 1843)

Length up to 1 mm.

A springtail which comes in two different colours, the basic purple form (nominal) and the yellow form repandus. Both colours interbreed but only distinct colour forms are produced. Note the white X-shape on the purple springtail’s head which appears to mask around its eyes. They are often referenced as ‘globular springtails’ because of their shape.

It has quite a complex mating ritual where it perfoms a kind of waltz. Mainly seen spring to autumn, found on vegetation in various habitats. Common and widespread throughout Britain. A native species.

Found on vegetation, rear garden, South Staffordshre. © Peter Hillman.