Entomobrya nivalis


About 2 mm in length but sometimes more. This group is characterised as having an enlarged fourth abdominal segment. Entomobrya nivalis is pale yellow with burgundy markings. The 'U' shaped markings at the end of the abdomen is complete, unlike E. intermedia where the 'U' is missing the 'corners'.

Similar Species

E. intermedia is frequently confused with E. nivalis but they can be separated by close examination of the abdominal markings.Photo comparison (E. nivalis above, intermedia below). Diagrammatic comparison.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Submissions need to show dorsal pigmentation clearly. 


Anywhere where food can be found including compost heaps and leaf litter.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Feeds on living and dead vegetation.

UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

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

UK Map