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Photo#1100685
springtail Lepidocyrtus paradoxus? - Lepidocyrtus

springtail Lepidocyrtus paradoxus? - Lepidocyrtus
Epping, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA
July 12, 2015
Size: 2 - 3 mm long
This pretty little bug hitched a ride on my hand while I was mothing at the sheet and blacklight. At first glance it was shiny and metallic looking but when zooming in on the image, I could see bright blue colors. Judging from the way it bolted from my hand when I tried to measure it, I figured it was probably a springtail.

I compared my images with this BugGuide pic and the description from Frans Janssens, I thought this may be Lepidocyrtus paradoxus.



Thanks,
Siobhan

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springtail Lepidocyrtus paradoxus? - Lepidocyrtus springtail Lepidocyrtus paradoxus? - Lepidocyrtus springtail Lepidocyrtus paradoxus? - Lepidocyrtus

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Lepidocyrtus paradoxus
Most probably. In lateral aspect it can be confused with large specimens of L .curvicollis. A dorsal shot is helpfull to solve this:
in paradoxus the mesothorax is distinctly pointed
in curvicollis the mesothorax is less pointed
See http://www.collembola.org/images/france/dehalleux/Lepidocyrtus-curvicollis-and-paradoxus-20110910-Axel-Dehalleux-France-l.jpg
Left = curvicollis
Right = paradoxus

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Moved from ID Request.

I suspect your ID is correct.

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