Springtails are a species of omnivorous, wingless hexapod (six-legged arthropods but not insects) found throughout the world in most habitats, especially in damp soil where they help with nutrient recycling. As their name implies, globular springtails are much more rounded than the usual long-bodied springtails. This species, Bourletiella arvalis, is found in North America and Europe.
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it's built from real spruce and pine wood, sealed with epoxy and pond liner and has a thick drainage layer. right now i have springtails and a colony of magic potion isopods living in it and they seem to really love all the space and moss. they also don't mind me knocking on the table or putting things down at all.
this took me so much time and money but we don't talk about that to build. it's my first complex carpentry project and i'm really happy with how it turned out!!
i love my table isopods would absolutely recommend putting isopods into your table
This is a new genus of Pseudachorutinae springtail (a subfamily of Collembola) known from several sites in southeastern Australia. It’s quite large for a springtail at about 3-4 mm long yet, like so many springtail species and genera, remains undescribed because it belongs to one of the (supposedly) less charismatic groups of organisms. For me, this little beast is oozing and dripping charisma. Just look at the little Dumbo-the-elephant-like face!
Once you discover invertebrate diversity it’s hard to go back to the vertocentric side!
Possibly the World’s Most Common Predation Event...
Bdellid mites (Bdellidae) possibly have the best family name ever: how many other things can you think of that start with BD?
Bdellid mites are abundant in the environment all over the place and their prey, especially springtails (Collembola), are amongst the most numerous animals on the planet. So, it seems logical that bdellids preying on springtails would be billions of time more common than predation events you might be more familiar with: like a tiger catching a deer. It’s just that, at a millimetre long, mites and their behaviours are just not quite so obvious.
Ants are the most numerous insect in the world! That’s not really surprising.
However...springtails, which are hexapods but not insects, outnumber even ants considerably. In some areas, there are as many as 100,000 individuals per square meter of soil, or more! That’s a lot of friends. And they live all over the world, including areas that are uninhabitable by most living things, like Antarctica.
The earth has about 148,940,000,000,000 square meters of land...that’s a lot of places for springtails to live 😳