Guide to Springtails published

Published: 30 August 2008

Springtails are not insects, they are non-insect hexapods. If that wasn't confusing enough they're not that easy to get to know if you're an amateur naturalist either. They're usually very small (most are less than 5mm long) and live in soil or leaf litter. This means they are not one of the easiest groups of invertebrates to study.

However, if you want to get to know the Springtails, a short guide to common UK species has been produced by Frans Janssens, a World authority on Springtails from the Department of Biology, University of Antwerp.

The guide is in PDF format (333Kb) and available online: Key to common surface dwelling species of Collembola from the UK

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