The Odd

Orchesella cincta – This is another one of those tiny springtails I go on about in the odd post. I can’t help it, but I find them fascinating. This one has a nice yellow band around its third abdominal segment, and, quite unfortunately, one missing antenna. It’s amazing to think you have a whole little… Read More The Odd

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No, this is not a bottle cleaner, but a tiny springtail called Orchesella villosa, which are part of our everday microfauna we don’t always see. Double click on the image to enlarge. September 2017, discovered under an upturned stone, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.

Orchesella cincta

This springtail has a distinctive yellowish band across the third abdominal segment. Length 4mm. They feed on plant detritus. Seen all year round, and live in various habitats, under rocks and stones. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles. Photograph taken July 2015, rear garden, Staffordshire.