Clover Springtail - Sminthurus viridis

Alt Name
Lucerne Flea, 40

Also known as the Lucerne Flea this species is green with a roughly spherical body. The following guide helps to distinguish Sminthurus from Sminthurides: where macrosetae are distinctly present on the abdomen it is probably Sminthurus if absent or indistinct it is likely to be Sminthurides.


It lives on the soil surface in a variety of habitats including grassland and woodland, and feeds on leguminous plants.

When to see it

All year round, but peak time is spring and summer.

Life History

Often swarms in large numbers on living plants, especially Fabaceae.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map