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                          Class: Entognatha:  Order COLLEMBOLA

                                          (Springtails)

 

Characteristics:

 

1.  Incomplete metamorphosis

2.  Elongated styletlike mouthparts

3.  Tiny insects requently occurring in large congregations

4.  Wingless

5.  Possess a forked furcula on underside of abdomen

(used for jumping)

6.  Inhabit soil & feed on debris, fungi, bacteria, etc.

7.  May cause damage in gardens or greenhouses

 

Typical Examples: