Pogonognathellus longicornis

Pogonognathellus longicornis

Class Collembola (Springtails)
Order Entomobryomorpha (Elongated springtails)
Family Tomoceridae (Tomocerid springtails)
Species Pogonognathellus longicornis (Müller, 1776)

Length 6 mm.

With the title of Britain’s largest springtail, this one would be hard to miss. The size does not include the antennae which are the same length as the head and body, and when blown upon the antennae coil at the ends. Similar to Pogonogthellus flavescens, which is less common, and has antennae shorter than the length of the body and head.

Feeds on plant detritus. Seen all year round, it is found in various habitats including woodland and gardens. Common and widespread throughout Britain. A native species.

Dicovered in local woodland amongst leaf-litter, South Staffordshire August 2020. © Peter Hillman.