Well, as the title says, my local woods have given me some very interesting arthropods recently!
The species that started a seemingly coincident trail of new discoveries was Orchesella villosa. While out in my local Edgebrook Woods collecting large pieces of bark for an undisclosed reason(saving that for the next post 😏) I happened to uncover maybe five of these monsters. I immediately noticed they were huge for springtails(around 4 mm and very bulky) and was able to snag two of them. While taking pictures of them, I witnessed some very interesting, almost territorial behavior, one came up to the other and engaged in a little "head pushing". I admittedly don't know much about social behavior in springtails, but I'm pretty sure most specie don't do this. lol Before offering them up for trade to a certain enthusiast who was very interested in them, I went and checked if I could find more. First, I checked back by the spot that I had originally found a few at, no luck. Next, I checked under some moist leaf litter and rotten wood on that same side of the woods(the parking lot divides the two sides), again I came up empty handed. Then, finally, I decided to take a look under some of the moist leaf litter on the other side.......bingo!!! I discovered that they were actually abundant there and was able to collect another eleven, leaving me with a grand total of thirteen! I will likely be trading this group off, but I'll be collected some for myself soon, I'm definitely interested in keeping these gigantic, furry, and plump guys!
Here's a couple pics(territorial behavior can be seen in the second one)!
Even though I won't be attempting to culture this species right now, I still figured I's share a couple photos!
Anyway, here are a few photos of the beauty.