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.