Water Springtail Sminthurides aquaticus

Sminthurides aquaticus

Class Collembola (Springtails)
Order Symphypleona (Globular springtails)
Family Sminthuridae (Sminthurid springtails)
Species Sminthurides aquaticus (Bourlet, 1843)

Length to 1 mm.

A light green and yellowish globular springtail. The male has specially adapted clasping antennae which he uses to grasp the female during mating.

Feeds on micro-organisms found on decomposing organic material. Frequently found on the surface of standing water like ponds. Common and widespread throughout the British Isles.

Found in local pond, South Staffordshre June 2013. © Peter Hillman.