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springtail - Orchesella hexfasciata

springtail - Orchesella hexfasciata
Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
April 21, 2005


Orchesella hexfasciata
Hi Tom. This is an interesting specimen. As the name suggests it should have 6 (transvers) dark bands. In your specimen the 3 posterior bands are distinctly dark, but the 3 anterior ones are just pale brown. They are located on the right segments, though. It might be a juvenile. O. hexfaciata is one of the smaller Orchesella's and its basal antennal subdivisions (the characteristic feature of the genus) can only be seen using a microscope.

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