Globular Springtail from Japan

Subject: Tiny forest bug
Location: Yakushima, Japan
March 24, 2016 2:02 pm
Hello bugman folks!
I spotted this little guy last July in the rain forest at an altitude of around 1,000m.
(S)He was less than an 1/8th inch. At first, I mistook it for a spider or a mite and I didn’t realize how cute he was until –with my curiosity spiked by the spikes on his back–I took a closeup photo. Now all I can say is, what’s this bug with the funny proboscis?
Many thanks and love for all you do to promote little critters!
Signature: Jenny

Globular Springtail
Globular Springtail

Dear Jenny,
This is a Globular Springtail in the Order Symphypleona from the Class Collembola, arguably the most plentiful Hexapods on the planet.  You can see some similar images of Globular Springtails on Matt Cole Macro Photography.

Sweet! Thank you so much bugman!!!! I’m going to keep a lookout for more Globular Springtails!

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