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Springtail? - Pogonognathellus elongatus

Springtail? - Pogonognathellus elongatus
Washington County, Ohio, USA
May 18, 2011
Found in the afternoon on a leaf in a forested area.

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Pogonognathellus elongatus

 
Thanks!
Thank you very much! How did you figure this one out? I haven't dealt much with these guys before, so I didn't even know where to start on an ID.

 
To start on IDing springtails
you can use the keys at collembola.org. Use them in hierarchic fashion. First the key to the families. Then the genera. With some experience you will be able to recognise some of the larger species at once. Tomocerinae have very long antennae (in particular it is the 3rd antennal segment that is very long). So they are easily recognised. If the antennae are distinctly longer than the body, it is Pogonognathellus elongatus (easy to remember: a long springtail with a long name...).
It is that simple ;-)
BTW, we have made a simple key to the most common surface active Collembola of northern America found by Bugguiders:
collembola.org/key/bugguide.htm
Have fun!

 
Frans is a springtail authority.
You can see his website here. It's got a ton of information on these little critters.

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