Springtails (Collembola)

Springtail: Pogonognathellus (S Orridge)
Springtail: Pogonognathellus (S Orridge)

Technically, these are ‘insect-like arthropods’. About 1,500 species are known. They are very small, often clothed with scales or hairs, and named for the springing organ at the rear of most species. This is clipped under the abdomen but released when disturbed to shoot the insect out of danger. They do not have compound eyes. Most live in leaf litter feeding on fungi and decaying plant matter. They have virtually no metamorphosis during development.

Springtails in the High Peak

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all springtail observations within the High Peak area, as recorded on iNaturalist

Takes you to the up-to-date list and photo galleries of all springtail observations within the ‘Buxton polygon’ area, as recorded on iNaturalist and collected by the Buxton Biodiversity Recording Group project

Springtail: Entomobrya intermedia (S Orridge)
Springtails: Protaphorura armata (S Orridge)