Campodea fragilis - Campodea fragilis


A Bristle-tail - length (3 to 5 mm). Body thin, flexible, translucent white to pale yellow. Tail appendages multisegmented, long and antenna like. Legs and abdominal styli well developed. Precise identification of this species requires examination of the setae.


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

Appears to be fairly common in Britain but seemingly not recorded.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map