Springtail

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Springtails
Temporal range: early Devonian
to present
Orchesella cincta.jpg
Orchesella cincta
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Collembola

Lubbock, 1870

Springtails (Collembola) are six-legged arthropods. They used to be thought of as proto-insects, but now they are not regarded as insects. They do not have wings.[1]

They live in the soil, and eat fungal hyphae, spores, pollen and other organic material. They need moist soils, and have been known to damage crops.[2]

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  1. Gillott, Cedric 2005. Apterygote hexapods. In Entomology. 3rd ed, Berlin: Springer, pp. 113–125. ISBN 978-0-306-44967-3
  2. Shaw, Michael W.; Haughs, G. M. (1983). "Damage to potato foliage by Sminthurus viridis (L.)" (PDF). Plant Pathology 32 (4): 465–466. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3059.1983.tb02864.x. https://eurekamag.com/pdf.php?pdf=001179151. 

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