Springtails again

These tiny but fascinating creatures seem to be everywhere – they (apparently) play a big part in breaking down dead vegetable matter to produce compost, and are indicators of the health of the local ecosystem; there’s loads more info on the collembola website. They have the disarming ability to jump vertically many times their length, by means of a built-in spring mechanism: I spotted this one because it leapt out of the leaf litter by my foot. (It’s not as scary as the photo suggests – only a couple of millimetres long!)

Springtail (Orchesella cincta)

One Response to “Springtails again”

  1. WOW…looks dangerous and like the way you have captured the minute hair details.

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