Order Entomobryomorpha (Elongate-bodied Springtails)
Family Entomobryidae (Slender Springtails)
Species platani (Willowsia platani)
native to Europe, recently found in CA
The shiny, metallic appearance is caused by the iridisation effects in the many microscopic small translucent scales the body of Willowsia is covered with. (comment by Frans Janssens)
Contributed by v belov on 21 December, 2009 - 2:18am Additional contributions by Harsi S. Parker Last updated 12 October, 2011 - 10:15am
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