Submitted by AJ Cann on Mon, 06/03/2017 - 11:12

    Dicyrtomina saundersi

    One of the great things about NatureSpot is that anyone can join in and add to our knowledge of wildlife in Leicestershire and Rutland (VC55). However, before you can submit a record you do need to be able to identify what you have seen. For some familiar groups this is relatively easy, but others are more challenging. Take Springtails - they are one of our commonest invertebrates and can be found almost everywhere, but we know very little about the Springtails of VC55. They are small - some are truly tiny at less than 1mm long, but they are also unfamiliar to most people. That's where NatureSpot can help you.

    We try to help people identify any specimens from VC55. There is the Identification Help Discussion Board but we also have our Resources section with links to reliable online sources of information. As part of this we have just added a Springtails & Bristletails page which can link you to experts who can help you. 

    So here is the NatureSpot Springtail Challenge - get outside and find some Springtails! They're everywhere, including in your garden. Then try to figure out what you have found (a hand lens will help for the smaller species) and submit your first Springtail records to NatureSpot before the start of spring - Monday 20th March 2017. We look forward to seeing all your local Springtails!