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Striped Springtail - Homidia sauteri

Striped Springtail - Homidia sauteri
Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
August 20, 2014
On the large side for a springtail...maybe 1-2mm.

Thanks for the ID and the many comments. I'll start carrying my micrometer in my camera bag. BugGuide is a wonderful resource.


Homidia sauteri
Max body size (head to bottom, excluding antennae) of Homidia sauteri is about 3.5 mm.

thanx, Frans
i meant size range for springtails in general, not for this species... or genus

In that case...
Size range is up to 17 mm.

some tropical monstrosities?
what's the largest European species?

The largest Collembola...
are found in New Zealand. Holacanthella spp. A group of springless springtails with giant sizes (for Collembola...).
In Europe, the largest is Pogonognathellus longicornis : body size about 5-6 mm (14 mm including antennae). This is the longest European springtail with the longest name as well. ;-)

well, it's Moa country
17 mm is gigantic by any standards... well, at least to me as a beetle guy whose interest in arthropods starts fading slowly after organism size has reached ~7 mm and then drops dramatically after 10 mm to become negligible at about 15...
glad i got the eurolimit right, but it was based on experience; i guess it would apply to the nearctic fauna, too

Homidia? the large side for a springtail would be closer to 5 mm
Moved from ID Request.

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