Springtails Are Among The Most Little Things.
Everywhere you look - if you look hard enough - you will find springtails (in nature, anyway). Indeed, with the mites, and especially nematodes, they are almost certainly amongst the most abundant animals on the planet. They can occur in huge numbers in small areas, with several species dominating in disturbed habitats, or a multitude of little lovelies in more wild places. They can be diverse in shape and size and colour like these from the Grampians region of western Victoria, Australia.
To find them you’ll often have to get down on you hands and knees (or lay prone on your tummy like I do) and scrounge. You’ll, of course, be rewarded not only by springtails but by the zooplanet that we live on: down here, when you’re close to the ground, there are so many amazing animals: nematodes, mites, beetles, bugs, ants, wasps, springtails, booklice, thrips and on I could go. All within arms reach.
It’s time you went and had a look!