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UID Springtail

UID Springtail
Pelerin (at home down at the 2 acre beaver pond), Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada
March 8, 2010
Please help with ID...


Isotoma or Desoria sp.

Thanks very much Frans,
Are these both common "winter species" groups? A gentleman who is part of the group Nature Moncton just also took picture of huge masses of "coral pink" springtails along a dirt road, I believe. If you have time and the interest, you can go see his shots at under "Hot Shots" or photos>insects>Fred Dube on that site. I was wondering if his shots were of the same species (or at least group) as my own, as he caught images of such huge masses.I am more used to seeing they grey-blue species in winter, tyhe Hypogastrura I believe.

PS After seeing some of Scott Justis' images, I think this is definitely a group I am going to spend a lot more time with...I had no idea they could be so diverse and so colourful!

The pictures of Fred Dube
are Hypogastruridae. In this family, mass aggregations are frequently observed. The most common genera are Hypogastrura (bluish) or Ceratophysella (reddish/brownish/yellowish).
Your specimen is of a different family: Isotomidae.

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