Elongate-bodied Springtail
Order Entomobryomorpha
Species Orchesella cincta

4 mm

brown springtail
This tiny insect was walking up the foundation of my house. I knew it was something different.
© Carol Davis, 5-16-2011


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After I looked at the photos I was pretty sure it was a Springtail. These tiny insects feed
on decaying matter.  I had only seen one other springtail and I discovered it in a photo
I had taken of lichen at Clear Lake WMF near Delta, Utah.  According to a comment
on Bugguide.net, Springtails have tiny "taste" organs on the tips of their antennae
 that are used to distinguish edible from non-edible.  
© Carol Davis, 5-16-2011

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