Tidying up the garden, I moved a flower pot and found these springtails sheltered underneath.
|Onychiuridae, blind white springtails, about 1 to 3 mm. long.|
I haven't seen any of these here for a couple of years. It may be that it was a bit too dry for them to be close to the surface.
They look white at first glance, but it's a milky, transparent white.
|Grey springtail, centre bottom. You can see the brown central gut through the transparent body.|
|Zooming in on another group.|
These springtails don't spring; they lack the furcula under the abdomen. So they run around constantly, somehow always staying near their mates, even though they are blind.
Aren't they cute?