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Which springtail? - Entomobrya atrocincta - male

Which springtail? - Entomobrya atrocincta - Male
Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, USA
January 12, 2009
Size: 1-2mm
I've been finding a lot of these little red springtails lately during the evenings on my Marguerite Daisy plant (Argyranthemum frutescens), and I suppose I've taken hundreds of pictures of them trying to get an image good enough for the guide and a possible ID. Springtails really stretch my camera's macro capabilities, and this image is still pretty fuzzy, but I think this shot is atleast somewhat clear enough that an ID seems atleast somewhat probable.

Moved from Entomobrya nr nigrocincta.

For the rationale behind this move, please see the discussion under the image below:


Entomobrya atrocinta, male specimen.
To distinguish E. atrocincta from E. clitellaria, check the number of subsequent black body segments: in atrocincta it are max 2 segments, in clitellaria it are always more then 2, up to 4 segments.

Dear Chris, I would appreciate receiving your permission to use your pictures of Collembola as illustrations at
Credits and copyrights will be provided for each picture used.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Hello Frans
Thanks for the ID correction; E. atrocincta makes sense since the same plant it was on also had a lot of females on it, but I never really knew what the males looked like until now.

And yes Frans, you have my full permission to use this picture and any subsequent collembola pictures I may submit as long as credits and copyright info are listed. :)

Thanks, Chris,
thanks a lot for your kind permission.
Looking forward to see more of your Collembola pictures.

Entomobrya clitellaria...
Indeed this pic came out well and was worth the effort you made. This particular species of springtail has shown some variation in color pattern among its members leading to this ID.

See reference here:

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