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Springtails

Friday, 11. February 2011 10:44

Springtails are most commonly mistaken for fleas because of their ability to “jump” or move in a jumping manner. They’re considered a nuisance pest and do not pose as a threat to humans but are attracted to areas that are high in moisture and humidity. They are distributed worldwide and will be seen mostly during the spring and rainy seasons.

Reproduction and Physical Recognition
Springtails reproduce sexually and undergo an incomplete metamorphosis which means they will molt as they grow. Sperm transfer is indirect which means that they are deposited and picked up by the female at a later time. Fertilized eggs are deposited in moist areas and young springtails will emerge from the eggs and molt as they grow. Keep Reading

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