Deuterosminthurus pallipes - Deuterosminthurus pallipes
This species has 2 distinct colour forms. A completely yellow one and this dark purple one. Both forms interbreed producing single coloured offspring of either yellow or purple specimens. There are no in between colour forms known. The female has a slightly more elongate body.
Damp and shady places, often under logs or stones etc.
All year, but mainly from spring to autumn.
They have a complex mating ritual. These are the waltzing springtails species seen in David Attenboroughs 'Life in the Undergrowth' series.
Common and widespread in Britain though not well recorded.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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