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.springtail - Dicyrtomina minuta

.springtail - Dicyrtomina minuta
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
February 20, 2009
Frozen to the ice.
This is one of a group of about 17 that I brought in yesterday
and left on the porch overnight where they froze.
Once they warmed up they started walking (on the water), swimming (looked like)
and sometimes even jumping on the water. They seem comfortable in the water.
I still don't know what their habitat should be or what they eat.

These were all found together in the same group with the one above:

Moved from Dicyrtomina ornata.


Dicyrtomina cf. ornata
Indeed Lynn, and Scott, it is D. cf. ornata.
Note the 'cf', means 'looks like'. It is just a technical matter, taxonomically speaking, but important. D. ornata is a typical European species. In the USA it has been lumped together with D. minuta. But in Europe D. minuta is a different species...
The matter is currently under study by US taxonomists.
But as long as this is not settled, US specimens should be called best D. cf. ornata or D. minuta. To avoid confusion with the European D. minuta I prefer to use D. cf. ornata.

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.

Thank you, Frans
For the ID's and explanation.

You have my permission to use these photos and any others that I might post in the future.
It's ok to crop if needed.

I've geotaged them on your group page. I can also give you co-ordinates if they would be of any help.

Thanks again, Lynn

Thanks, Lynn
for your kind permission to use your pictures and for geotagging the pictures.

Nice image!
If you post the springtail images on the Collembola page, there is an expert on these little creatures by the name of Frans Janssens. He regularly checks in there and ID's my springtail images. He can tell you everything you want to know about Collembola!

I know a little about what they feed on which ranges from decaying vegetation to other dead insects and fungi.

Here is a link to his excellent website:

Thank you, Scott, very much.
I've seen your beautiful springtails, which is how I knew what these are.
I moved them, I hope to the right place to be seen.

The variety seems endless
I'm always finding new (to me) species to image. I have placed strips of bark from a dead maple tree in the leaf litter. They like to congregate underneath. A strip of scrap wood will work as well.

Some will linger long enough to get images of while others will hit the eject button and disappear :^)

Thanks Scott
For taking time to give me these hunting tips. Since finding these, I've spent quite a bit of time today reading comments to see what what people might have to say on the subject.
I am looking forward to looking for more now that I know they are here.

Do you strain the leaf litter?

Leaf litter
No, if I'm searching through leaf litter, I just have a small amount in a container and pick through it. I don't have a sifter or berlese funnel...yet.

Thank you Scott
for your generous help.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you find next,

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