Nevada, WCTA insect survey
Subject: Nevada, WCTA insect survey
Location: Las Vegas NV adjacent to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
March 21, 2012 10:47 pm
Hi Dan – two students just found this insect at the end of our class. It looks like a springtail (Collembola) to me and possibly the genus Siera. Sorry the picture isn’t better, but I think it’s good enough. It was picked up off the ground. Very small @ 1mm at best.
Signature: Bruce Lund
Springtails are the most common Hexapods on earth, and this does appear to be a Springtail. We cannot say for certain if it is the genus Seira (note the spelling correction) but we are linking to the BugGuide page on the genus. Not all Springtails have the furcula, a forked structure that allows them to spring into the air, but your specimen appears to have a very well developed furcula.