Springtail

Springtail

Order Collembola

Appearance

Springtail
  • Adults 1 – 5mm long.
  • They can be black, white, yellow, lavender, red, green or gold. Some are patterned, mottled, iridescent or even metallic.
  • In addition to antennae and three pairs of legs, springtails jump with an unusual forked structure on the end of their abdomen, called the furcula.

Lifecycle

  • Eggs are spherical and about 0.2 mm in diameter.
  • They are laid singly or in clusters. After about 10 days, the eggs hatch into juveniles and in 6 days mature to adult.
  • Adults live up to one year.

Habits

  • They prefer dark, damp areas in natural habitats like leaf mould, damp soil or rotting logs.
  • They feed on algae, decomposing vegetable matter, bacteria and fungi.