Deuterosminthurus pallipes

Alternative names
Deuterosminthurus repandus
Description

This species has two distinct colour forms, yellow (form repandus) and purple. Both forms interbreed producing single coloured offspring of either yellow or purple specimens. There are no in between colour forms known and both sexes occur in both colour forms. The female is slightly larger with a more elongate body. Ocelli in characteristic arrangement: upper row 3 ocelli, middle row 1 large ocellus, lower row 4 ocelli. 

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Frequently arboreal, they climb up vegetation to mate. 

When to see it

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.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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