Springtails

Springtails

Springtails

Springtails are white, gray, or light-colored measuring about 1/16 inches long. They have a distinctive head with long antennae. The rest of the body has a somewhat “hump-backed” appearance. Springtails get their name from a forked appendage attached to the end of the abdomen which allows them to spring forward like a flea. They have no wings. They feed on algae, fungi, decaying vegetable matter, and some consume living plants and dead animal matter.

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