Subject: 1,000 species challenge
Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire, England
January 12, 2015 6:57 am
Hello bug man. I have set myself a challenge to get a good photograph of 1,000 species of animal life before I die. Occasionally, as would be expected, I come across a few I cannot identify. I have just identified an elongate bodied springtail from photos on your website, but there are still 2 photographs from the same date I have not yet identified. I was wondering if you could help me identify them. The first (evil brown looking thing) was discovered under a rock with 2 woodlice, the elongate bodied springtail and a garden slug. The second (little yellow bug) was discovered under a damp piece of wood less than 50 meters away. There were several individuals, all very very small. I understand that I may not get a response, but I thank you all the same. God bless,
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First we hope you are planning a long life that would extend beyond the 1000 species goal as that is not a terribly large number of species. We believe both of your images are of Springtails, even the “evil brown looking thing” which somewhat resembles the large Springtail in the image on the Royal Horticultural Society site. The yellow critter looks like a Globular Springtail which is pictured on the Matt Cole Photography site.
Thank you for your help. Having looked at images of your suggestions, I believe you are most likely right Thank you very much. Yes, I know there are far more than 1,000 species out there, and I’d shoot them all if I could With your identifications, I have now reached 201 species. Thank you so much for taking the time to identify the bugs.
– Jay Zeke Malakai