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These little Collembola/Springtails are tough guys, it was freezing! Best viewed large.

A very early little Shieldbug and a bonus micro springtail.

I found these little beauties on one of my favourite fenceposts. Sad, I know :-)

I use a little springtail to position the drops :)

Focus stacked using zerene stacker

descending from 1p coin

Here's another of the dark-form Sminthurinus springtails that I've been seeing at the local village churchyard. This individual has a dark body, slightly paler and mottled head and solid yellow legs and antennae. This is likely to be one of the dark forms of Sminthurinus aureus.


Occasionally, things work out well in a photograph and here, the yellow and red colours of the laurel leaf certainly add something. I usually look on the underside of fallen laurel leaves for springtails. The smoothness of the leaves creates a nice backdrop for springtail photography.


Canon 5D3 + MP-E 65mm (at x5) + 2x Tele-extender + MT24-EX Twinlite flash. Cropped a bit. This individual about 0.6mm.

Globular springtail on a water surface

Another from the springtail hunt at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. This too is a "new" species for me and one of the "exotic" alien species presumed to be imported from overseas on plants.


I'm no expert on these, but I think that Eddie (Eddie The Bugman) said it was the type referred to as Katianna 3 (Genus nov.2 sp. nov.). This was underneath a scrap of wood that was painted blue. It gave a nice contrasting background to the shot.


These are tiny beasts (this individual was well under 1mm). They are challenging to photograph, but there seems to be a growing number of macro photographers willing to take on the challenge. As such, more species "new" to the UK are being discovered. A very rewarding area of interest.


This is a single shot, but Eddie The Bugman and Tim.Garlick were attempting focus stacks. Perhaps I'll have a go at that next time!

Quite a few globular springtails at the local churchyard today. It was dull and drizzly though, and difficult to get enough light to properly see what I was photographing. This could be one of the dark forms of the springtail Sminthurinus aureus.


Like many springtails, as soon as you turn over the leaf they are sheltering under, they start moving. Presumably, they are hoping to reach the edge of the leaf so that they can go back underneath. Alternatively, they "spring" away. This one had just about reached the edge of the leaf. For something well under 1mm, they can be challenging to keep up with and to get decent focus. That's half the fun I suppose though!


Canon 5D3 + MP-E 65mm (at x5) + 2x Tele-extender + MT24-EX Twinlite flash. Cropped some.

Taken in Battle Ground, Clark Co., WA, USA

Thanks to Frans Janssens for ID.

Little and large meet for a chat in the evening light :-)

He likes potato peelings !

France (Deux-Sevres)

I have uploaded these two shots because this is one of the very few times i have come across Collembola with green in it's surroundings. This specimen is doing it's usual spiderman performance as he is walking on the side of a bench and the background is actually grass down on the floor.

Katiannidae. Thanks for ID Frans Jannsens@www.collembola


It must be the equivalent of pizza for Springtails :-)

All though it has been a cold Winter, i don't think this little guy has bought himself a warm fur coat.

Is it a fungal infection. ?

Lifted up a rotten piece of wood and found at least 4 species under there! The globular ones (top left) mostly pinged off but the others barely moved! Not good shots as they're beyond my camera's abilities really, but thought I'd upload a montage anyway!

Upton Magna - Shropshire


Thanks to Frans for naming them! There's actually 5 species!

Top left = Dicyrtomina ornata + Dicyrtomina saundersi

Top right = Neanura muscorum, a springless springtail

Bottom left = Isotoma viridis

Bottom right = Pogonognathellus flavescens

When I was processing this Northern water snake series I noticed a Springtail crawling under its eye. In the series I took it appears the Springtail crawled into the snake's nostril?

Stack 11 pictures

Two springtails on a fence rail. I was trying to do a focus stack of the two springtails but the smaller one insisted on walking around so I merged some shots of it

dorsal view. Sminthurus medialis probably, per Frans Janssens.

Found them on some bark when i looked for globular springtails :-)

a Neanura? hope Frans will check in.

" Bourletiella arvalis " thank's Frans Janssens

I want to recover my camera (in repair), because the objective of the D90 was not made for the macro of the springtails :(

Nikon D90 + Ranox MSN-505

Date ‎29‎ /06/2017

Observed with Jérôme Picard ;-)

7D + 65mp-e @ 5x + mt-24ex

Fov 4,46mm

Sminthurus hispanicus


Another new globular Springtail for me. I'm currently enjoying a warmer Christmas holiday than I would ordinarily find in the UK, and whilst exploring I found a couple of these characters for my collection.


I was hoping for a more natural variety of shots, but these were hidden in long(ish) grass and I couldn't track any through the undergrowth so had to settle for these two that had landed on my khaki backpack and neoprene lens case.


Single image @ 5-6X magnification


Another individual (Katiannidae Genus nov.1 sp. nov.) from the same "Katiannid Wall". There's such an interesting range of colour variations amongst the developing instars.


Not sure about this one but perhaps a male; starting to develop the dorsal orange/red colouration? I've managed dozens of photographs of different stages of development so far. Before long I'll have the complete collection!


Canon 5D3 + MP-E 65mm Macro (at 5x) + 1.4x Tele-extender + ST24-EX Twin Lite flash.

I went to the local churchyard quite early today, while things were still damp, looking for globular springtails again. Saw quite a few different species including what looks like Sminthurinus igniceps.


I saw lots of these last year at the same location. The literature suggests that this species is limited to hothouse environments but this is a chilly Warwickshire churchyard. Perhaps they've become acclimatised!


I've reverted to my "special" setup (for invertebrates less than 1mm) for this shot. Canon 5D3 and MP-E macro lens (at x5 magnification) with 1.4 Extender and a 36mm extension tube. I have a special bracket that allows me to position the MT-24EX flash heads really close too. I'll try a complete set of extension tubes tomorrow if I get the opportunity.

This was a bonus find, we were just saying we had not seen Springtails for a long time, and there he was..... on a leaf!


The weather hasn't been very good for springtail photography (wet and windy). I do still take the opportunity to continue my search for "moustachiod" Sminthurinus springtails though, and managed to get a shot of this one before it blew away!


This individual has an orange base to the "eyebrows". Others I've seen have "tricolour" eyebrows; white at the top, yellow in the middle and orange at the base. Whether this is of any significance I have no idea!


Canon 5D3 + MP-E 65mm (at 5x) + 1.4x Extender + 36mm extension tube + MT24-EX Flash. Magnification 8x. Springtail ~0.6mm. Cropped a bit.

The pseudoscorpion catched a descaled Tomocerus sp. and on top of the leaf you can see an Orchesella sp.

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