- Feb 14, 2019
Lovely as always, and glad to see these are all breeding for you, particularly the globs Are you doing anything special with them?Entomobrya unostrigata eggs are hatching. You can actually see the eyes in mature eggs, which I find adorable.
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Isotomurus have also bred, but the adults have died off a bit.
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Basically 100% certain the dicyrtominae have bred as well, some of these juveniles are too small to have been collected.
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Also some odd globs with very large eyes, not sure if these are just small dicyrtominae or a different species/genus. They have shorter antennae and a "Y" shaped pattern as well.
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For the majority of species, no.Oh, so the springtails live directly on the plaster? is there any need for substrate like leaf mulch or anything?
They probably are. I never said they were dicyrtominae, but I guess I threw the 2 around enough to get confusing Main way to tell would be hairs on the back, dicyrtominae have a big ol tuft of long hairs near the top of the rear. But these are too small for my camera too pick up the hairs.Lovely as always, and glad to see these are all breeding for you, particularly the globs Are you doing anything special with them?
I'm guessing the Dicyrtominae with bigger eyes are a different species, though I don't know enough to really say. Couldn't they be a totally different family?
That could be any one of three orders, so no, I'm drawing a blank. Arboreal springtails are surprisingly common, but I've only ever seen Entomobrya atrocincta aboveground, feeding on flower pollen.On several instances I've seen some strange little blue-gray springtails hiding in the ridges of bark on living trees. Any idea what they might be? I was really shocked to see them because it hadn't occurred to me they could be arboreal.
They're both small detritivores that live in tiny places, like gaps in rotting wood, soil crevices, or under bark, so I would imagine it is convergent evolution to an extent. Definitely a milder example of it though.Booklices look like to springtail. Perhaps convergent evolution??
Didn't know there were arboreal springtails. Figured they'd dry out too easily.Went bush beating for spiders, and instead I got a ton of arboreal globs! They've been tentatively IDed as Ptenothrix beta, I'd imagine they could do well on a bonsai tree. Might have to try that.
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Heres a view of the furca, which is the jumping organ.
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