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Is this an immature Dicyrtomina minuta or a different species - Dicyrtomina minuta

Is this an immature Dicyrtomina minuta or a different species - Dicyrtomina minuta
Carlisle, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
November 27, 2020
Size: ~1mm

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Dicyrtomina minuta forma couloni
Interesting shot! Note the 'consumed' spermatophore in front of the individual. The spermdrop is missing. Only the stalk remained. The spermdrop could have been consumed in 2 ways : it can be eaten, or it can be taken up by a female.

 
Cool about spermatophore- on plastic wrapped foam on wood.
We have wood pergola with this plastic cushion wrapped
around so no dog injuries if they run too close. Suspect it
is damp in between wood and plastic plus plastic collects the
rain and mist on top.

Now that I am understanding the biology of these little ones,
I was able to find a new grouping on a mow and slime mold
covered log. Since I watched someone’s springtails butting heads
video and read your comment- the consistent motion forwards
and backwards (he was solo) was recognizable! So exciting! Also made for
easier pics when the “pause” happened!

Thanks again for such excitement! Judy

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