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.

    Photo ID?
    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