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Wonderful Wacky Water Critters

Springtail

Springtail

Just like people at a mall, these tiny wingless insects mill around in huge numbers right on the water surface. When disturbed, the springtail will jump away quicker than your eye can follow. Under its back end it has a special trigger or spring that snaps with great force when it needs to escape an enemy. The springtail never goes into the water, preferring to live on the surface eating dead, decaying plant matter.

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