Every Friday Nicola chats to Jesse Mulligan from Radio New Zealand about the not-so-cuddly critters that need our attention.
The New Zealand giant springtail
10 November 2017
New Zealand giant springtail
Image: Dwinter | Creative Commons
Springtails or collembola are teeny tiny wingless/flightless, litter dwellers that aid greatly in breaking down dead leaves to release nutrients.
The name springtail cannot always be used though, because not all of the Collembola have an appendage called a 'furcula' which is held under tension beneath the abdomen and released or flicked to throw the creature several centimetres away.
New Zealand giant springtail on Critter of the Week