Woolly Mammoth Springtail

Orchesella villosa

10 mixed: $15
30 mixed: $30
100 mixed: $80

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: 10 mm.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Dog Food and yeast.
  • Locality: Livonia, Michigan.

Get ready for the largest springtail you’ve ever seen! Orchesella villosa dwarfs almost all other springtails with large individuals pushing 10 millimeters (antennae included). This species dwells around the moisture line in leaf litter and seems to have a prefer for disturbed habitat and early successional areas. The dense, woolly fur may be an adaptation for resisting desiccation by trapping a layer of air around the body. This species is fairly dry tolerant but not as much as Orchesella cincta, though the two can be found together in the wild.