Sminthurinus reticulatus

Class Collembola (Springtails)
Order Symphypleona (Globular springtails)
Family Katiannidae (Katiannid springtails)
Species Sminthurinus reticulatus Cassagnau, 1964

Length 1 mm.

Very distinctively patterned globular springtail, with 3-4 transverse bands on the dorsal abdomen plus dark lateral bands which are discontinuous around the posterior end of the abdomen. Similar to Sminthurinus aureus.

Seen most of the year in leaf litter and on vegetation. A relative newcomer to Britain, and only officially added to the UK list in 2012.

Found on shrubbery, rear garden, South Staffordshire May 2021. © Peter Hillman.