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Springtails (Collembola)
Springtails belong to the oldest group of insects and are always wingless. The 1-4 mm small animals are white, sometimes silvery-black. A characteristic feature is the so-called furcula at the hind body which enables them to jump. Springtails live in humid biotopes only, they prefer Sphagnum-containing substrates or peat. Their main feed is dead organic material, however, when there are large populations, especially in humid or wet compost, they also feed on young living plant parts. They lay their eggs in the ground, the larvae are not much different from the adult animals. Springtails do not have special temperature requirements, they also multiply in cold greenhouses with temperatures between 10° C and 16° C.
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