Class Collembola (Springtails)
Order Symphypleona (Globular springtails)
Family Dicyrtomidae (Dicyrtomid springtails)
Species Dicyrtomina saundersi (Lubbock, 1862)
Length 2-3 mm.
A small globular springtail with a distinct dark barred patch towards the rear of the abdomen. There is also a kind of ‘spaceman’ like image in the pattern towards the head. Similar to Dicyrtomina ornata, which has a solid mark on the rear of the abdomen as opposed to a distinctive pattern.
Seen all year round, under stones and bark in various habitats. A native species, and fairly common and widespread throughout Britain.
Found under loose bark in rear garden, South Staffordshre. © Peter Hillman.