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Sminthurides weichseli - female

Sminthurides weichseli - Female
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
April 23, 2012
Size: ~1mm
This female Sminthurides springtail was one of many I found crawling in the grass that was partially submerged in a small pond. Frans identified them as Sminthurides weichseli. I can't find much info about this species online, but here's what Frans said "...Sminthurides weichelsi, which is characterised by a typical 'washed' blue pigment of head and body. The large blue specimens are adult females."

I also found males performing their courtship ritual on immature females:

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Sminthurides weichseli - female Sminthurides weichseli - female

Moved from Sminthurides.

Sminthurides weichseli