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Species Podura aquatica - Water Springtail

Springtails? - Podura aquatica Springtail on water - Podura aquatica close up of springtails and babies - Podura aquatica Springtail - Podura aquatica Springtail - Podura aquatica Podura aquatica? - Podura aquatica blue insect in the pond algae, became visible when looking under magnifier, no artificial color added, jumper - Podura aquatica Podura aquatica
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Collembola (Springtails and allies)
Order Poduromorpha
Family Poduridae
Genus Podura
Species aquatica (Water Springtail)
Size
0.5-2.5 mm.
Identification
Although it can be confused at first with some other semi-aquatic hypogastrurids it can easily be distinguished by the very long arms or dentes of the pincerlike jumping organ or furca. Juveniles are orange; adults are bluish with reddish antennae and legs. [from comments by Frans Janssens]
Range
Europe, North America and Siberia
Habitat
Semi-aquatic. Often found floating on the surface of small bodies of standing water such as ponds, as well as on stream and pond banks.