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Springtails - Dicyrtomina minuta

Springtails - Dicyrtomina minuta
Temple Hills, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
February 26, 2017
Size: 2-3mm

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Dicyrtomina minuta forma ornata
Aberrant specimen with deformed prothorax.

 
Thanks
Thanks again, Frans. This was the first time I'd photographed springtails, and I was curious about this one. Even in the large group of tiny buggers it stood out. How common are such deformities?

 
Quite uncommon...
Deformed specimens often end up dead quickly and the deformations are as such removed from the gene pool. More often are deformed dead corpses found, due to infection of fungi.

 
Thanks
Thanks again, Frans. I appreciate the info.

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