Deuterosminthurus pallipes - Deuterosminthurus pallipes

Alt Name
Deuterosminthurus repandus
Description

This species has 2 distinct colour forms. A completely yellow one and this dark purple one. Both forms interbreed producing single coloured offspring of either yellow or purple specimens. There are no in between colour forms known. The female has a slightly more elongate body.

Habitat

Damp and shady places, often under logs or stones etc.

When to see it

All year, but mainly from spring to autumn.

Life History

They have a complex mating ritual. These are the waltzing springtails species seen in David Attenboroughs 'Life in the Undergrowth' series.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain though not well recorded.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map