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Springtail - Entomobrya griseoolivata

Springtail - Entomobrya griseoolivata
Roseville, Placer County, California, USA
April 11, 2008
Size: 2mm
I'm trying to culture these springtails that are living in my bathroom. I'm also trying to see if the "pupil-cam" that I just bought for the school I teach at actually works. So far, so good.

Images of this individual: tag all
Bathroom springtail - Entomobrya griseoolivata Springtail - Entomobrya griseoolivata

Moved from Entomobryidae.

Hi Domingo
Do you have any other pictures of your cultured springtails?
Is this culture of the same specimens that I have IDed before as Entomobrya griseoolivata?
If yes, could you link the images, pls?

I have
one more species--taken from my backyard, where it belongs! I'll try get some photos soon.

This image is of one of the founding members of the culture you IDed as E. griseoolivata. I have linked it to the other image, which is of one of the offspring.

Thanks for sorting this out.

Moved over here
from ID request.

So far, these are thriving under the conditions I mentioned above. I started with four, and now have around thirty. The newly hatched young are white, and almost invisible on the plaster of Paris.

They may
be happy just to eat moist unbleached toilet paper. In the eighties a lot of research on these guys was done at the Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, by Drs Zinkler and Langer. I'm sure you can still find the papers they published on raising them.

Mine seem to be doing all right
on a mix of plaster-of-Paris and activated charcoal, kept constantly wet, and a diet of baker's yeast. They're probably eating whatever other bacteria and molds are growing on the wet surface. Thanks for providing the information.

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