Springtails, known scientifically as Collembola, are six-legged arthropods. Springtails are soft- bodied, oval or roundish shaped. Their bodies are made up of six or fewer segments and lack wings. Although many species have small eyes, some are nearly or completely blind. Their antennae are segmented. They live in the soil and eat fungal hyphae, spores, pollen, and other organic material. Springtails are omnivorous, free-living creatures that prefer moist conditions. They do not directly engage in the decomposition of organic matter but contribute to it indirectly through the fragmentation of organic matter. Springtails are frequently found in leaf litter and other decaying material. A few species are known to routinely climb trees and dominate canopies. Most springtails are small and difficult to see by casual observation. Springtails are well known as pests of some agricultural crops. They can sometimes be abundant indoors in damp places such as bathrooms and basements. If the habitat is ideal, large numbers of springtails can be present and it is not uncommon to find 300 million per acre.

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