species interfere directly and indirectly with decomposition because they eat the available organic material and still associate themselves with microorganisms and fungi (ZEPPELINI FILHO & BELLINI, 2004).
Altogether 27 species of springtails
were found but of all specimens, only ten species accounted for more than 1%.
Our findings indicate that springtails
nevertheless warrant investigation as pollinators for Jack-in-the-pulpits.
This was found in a piece of Baltic amber where five springtails
were hooked in a row on the leg of a harvestman arachnid.
All around the second-growth vegetation, the fallen trees and branches rot and crumble offering hiding places and food to a vast array of basidiomycete fungi, slime molds, ponerine ants, scolytid beetles, bark lice, earwigs, embiopteran web spinners, zorapterans, entomobryomorph springtails
, japygid diplurans, schizomid arachnids, pseudoscorpions, real scorpions, and other forms that live mostly or exclusively in this habitat.
In 1996, firefighters in Austria were called out to clean up a chemical spill on a road, only to discover the patch was in fact several million springtails
Slugs, snails, harvestmen, worms, beetles, flies, ants, springtails
, earwigs, spiders, mites, millipedes, centipedes and woodlice suddenly appear to be trapped and examined in magnifying jars.
Hopkin SP (1997) 'Biology of the springtails
Examples of insects with this type of metamorphosis are silverfish and springtails
, cockroaches, crickets, flies, isopods, bristletails, and true bugs were grabbed by the forelegs and held in a basket-like manner using the first three pairs of legs.
The different groups that are dealt with in detail include mites from the family Cunaxidae, pseudoscorpions (Pseudoscorpionides), springtails
(Collembola), booklice (Psocoptera), earwigs (Dermaptera), beetles (Coleoptera) belonging to some 17 different families, including such important ones as the ground beetles (Carabidae), hide and carpet beetles (Dermestidae), blister beetles (Meloidae) and weevils (Curculionoidea).
Food also is an issue: when you are an inch long, you can't eat a cricket, so we had to produce our own food including fruit flies and springtails
(teeny tiny mite-like insects) that the toads relish.