Pogonognathellus longicornis

Alt Name
Tomocerus longicornis

The largest UK springtail, reaching 6 mm in length (not including the antennae). It has a unique way of coiling its antennae, which out-stretched are longer than its body length. The family (Tomoceridae) is recognised by the long 3rd antennal segment and the genus (Pogonognathellus) by the 3rd antennal segment tapering apically.

Similar Species

Pogonogthellus flavescens (a much less common species) is similar but has antennae shorter than the body + head. P. longicornis has antennae longer than the body + head.

Photo ID?

It is commonly seen in gardens and in trees.

Life History

It is one of the springtails regularly found to climb tree trunks, sometimes forming an important member of the canopy community.

UK Status

Common and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map