What are springtails?
Springtails, sometimes referred to as “Springs,” are tiny creatures in the genus Collembola, which once were considered insects, but are now classified as hexapods. There are many different species which vary in size, appearance, and habitat, but in general they are about ⅛” long or less, and live in wet and humid conditions with decaying matter. They’re found almost everywhere in the world.
What are the benefits of springtails?
- they consume decaying matter and mold, which keeps the environment and plants healthy
- they also burrow in the substrate which helps keep it aerated and may stimulate healthier plant growth
- and in my opinion they add interest and can be fun to watch, along with my one of my other favorite microfauna, the Dwarf White Isopod (Trichorhina tomentosa)