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Tiny opalescent springtails - Lepidocyrtus

Tiny opalescent springtails - Lepidocyrtus
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
November 1, 2006
Size: well under 1mm
Notice the opal-like gleam of irredescent color.

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Lepidocyrtus
Dear Jim. The iridisation is caused by the many small translucent scales the body of Lepidocyrtus is covered with. Such as in Tomoceridae also.
"Lepido" must remind you at Lepidoptera, the scale-winged butterflies ;-)

 
Ah. Thanks for giving the etymology, Frans
I'll see if I can get these little guys herded over where they belong.

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