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black-striped green - Sminthurinus elegans

black-striped green - Sminthurinus elegans
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
May 22, 2006
Size: probably 0.5 mm
Taken from dung-baited pitfall. My conjecture is that the springtails are happenstance captures not attracted to the dung aroma, but I could be dead wrong.

Moved from Sminthurinus.

Sminthurinus elegans
Specimen with nice pattern.

Possibly Sminthurinus
Hi Jim. Many springtails feed on dead organic material. Their main bio economic feature is that they are the main producer of compost...

There is a Smithurides in bugguide.
Is that a different genus or has somebody misspelled the name?

Smithurides should be Sminthurides
BTW, Sminthurinus is a genus of the family Katiannidae. For a complete taxonomic hierarchy of the globular springtails Symphypleona, check out

Okay, I've moved it to proper page.
Either I misread the family name or someone has corrected it in the meantime.

btw, If you added a few words about yourself, or at least a link to on your personal page, those like me, who post photos of things they know nothing about and therefore wouldn't recognize your name or status, could tell that your comments are informed ones.

Also, while I doubt that any of my images are of acceptable quality, I give you blanket permission to you to use any of my collembola photos.

Thanks 4 permission
Great! I appreciate having your permission to use your photographs at our website. I realise it is a dull site. Illustrations are welcome to give it more appeal to candidate taxonomists. Thanks again.

Thank you, Frans.
I've noticed while working with 24-inch white roll aluminum flashing that's temporarily laid out on not-too-well-kept lawn on a warm, humid overcast day that hundreds of springtails of many sorts land on the white surface where they are easily spotted. Someday when conditions are right, I hope I have time to collect and photograph in this fashion.

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