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Springtails (Collembola)


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Let's talk about Collembola. Do any of you keep colonies of Collembola? Do any of you collect them in the wild? What is available commercially or traded keeper to keeper in your part of the world?

Where I live, in the UK, we only have Seira species and Folsomia candida regularly available. You used to see the odd colony of Tomocerus species but I haven't seen any of the latter in the hobby for several years.

I currently have Seira sp. and some I collected from a rotting tree stump. These are tentatively identified as Pogonognathellus flavescens. I have no adults left but I found young hatchlings today.

These are tiny compared to the 4mm long adults.

All the best from Bill. :D

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I went a wondering on the Shropshire hills last week, and collected a group of Orchesella cincta from the very humid detritus under the Heather bushes on the moorland. These should be great for adult Ranitromeya spp. and Oophaga spp. dart frogs, and they can obviously deal with warm humid conditions; it was like a sauna in those bushes! These are really common practically the whole world over, they have been found in the U.S. too. Not having much luck with photography ATM, am thinking of corralling one or two in a Petri dish.

All the best from Bill. :D

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