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Unknown Springtail - Orchesella

Unknown Springtail - Orchesella
Naples , Collier County, Florida, USA
April 2, 2015
Size: 1.5 mm
This collembolan was collected in a dry pit trap in an oak scrub in an area adjacent to oak leaf litter and ground lichens. It has a bluish-purple abdomen with some white spotting. The prothorax is white; some of the legs and parts of the fulcra are white. The face has distinctive white patterns on both right and left sides.

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Unknown Springtail - Orchesella Unknown Springtail - Orchesella


Orchesella nr celsa

could this be a pale version of Orchesella alpha?

so this is possibly another new species? Do you think the two different individuals you have identified as Ochesella nr celsa are the same species, or two different species that are "near" Ocesella celsa? The two specimens looked kind of different from one another to me.

Thanks so much for your identification.

Same species
but different instars. Do you have a dorsal shot of the 2nd specimen?

I don't have a photo, but I kept the many specimens I captured in the dry pit traps together in a vial, so finding the same one may be difficult, but I will try.

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