Back Porch Ecology
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Back Porch Ecology

Under the skin

The hidden panic over collembola.

Photo by Егор Камелев on Unsplash

The collembola, known to most as springtails, are a group of invertebrates very closely related to the insects. They are tiny, inconspicuous, and innumerable. Every patch of soil you step on is almost bound to contain thousands of these tiny creatures. They feed mostly on detritus, bacteria, fungi, and algae and congregate in moist areas with lots of organic matter.

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