Campodea agg.


    Bristle-tails - length (3 to 5 mm). Body thin, flexible, translucent white to pale yellow. Tail appendages multi-segmented, long and antenna like. Legs and abdominal styli well developed.

    Similar Species

    Bristle-tails are difficult to identify to species and precise identification of this requires examination of the setae and other microscopic features. One genus is currently recognised in the UK and because of the difficulties of identification in NatureSpot we group them all as Campodea agg

    Identification difficulty

    Found in damp, loamy soil and under logs and debris.

    Life History

    Feeds on plant matter and dead insects. It retreats from light when exposed. Males produce large numbers of sperm packets, as many as 200 per week. Females lay eggs within natural soil spaces, avoiding direct contact between eggs and soil. Eggs hatch in 12 or 13 days.

    UK Status

    Common in Britain but under-recorded.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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