Neanura muscorum

Neanura muscorum

Class Collembola (Springtails)
Order Entomobryomorpha (Elongated springtails)
Family Neanuridae (Neanurid springtails)
Species Neanura muscorum (Templeton, 1835)

Length 3.5 mm.

A tiny, blueish-purple springtail which lacks a furca (spring organ). The eyes are highly distinctive with 3+3 ocelli.

Can be seen all year round under loose bark on dead wood. Very common and widespread throughout Britain.

Discovered under loose bark in local woodland, South Staffordshire November 2020. © Peter Hillman.