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Tiny and Blue - Lepidocyrtus paradoxus

Tiny and Blue - Lepidocyrtus paradoxus
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
June 4, 2008
Picture was taken to show the color contrast between the wild strawberry berry and leaves. Only later was the blue bug noticed. One of the springtails (Order Collembola) seems to be the best guess.


Lepidocyrtus paradoxus
Family = Entomobryidae

Note the long 4th abdominal segment (typical for Entomobryidae), the bluish iridisation of the body (due to the cover of microscopic translucent scales) (as in Lepidocyrtinae), the mesothoracic segment (1st visible dorsal segment after the head) that 'overcaps' the head partly and the characteristic yellow legs.

Detailed ID
Thanks for the additional information beyond the ID. There is such a diversity of images on many of the species pages in BG that I am never sure what I should be looking for "next time".

Taxonomic hierarchy
Feel free to visit where there is a complete taxonomic hierarchy of all Collembola from the globe.
Keys are provided in hierarchic fashion. So you can first key out the family, then the genus, then the species.
Note that not all keys are currently provided...
Note also that it is not always possible to ID a specimen based on a habitus picture.

This is a springtail. Wish I could help with genus, species, or even just family, but we do have a springtail expert who visits pretty regularly, so stay tuned....

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