Life in the Litter: A (Close-up) Look at Springtails

If it is your particular fantasy to see your surname memorialized in Latin, I recommend springtail research. It doesn’t much matter where you live; springtails occur in woodland and grassland, in deserts and on permanent Arctic snowfields, in caves and greenhouses, even on fresh and salt water. Recent biological assault teams have found 17 species on the Galapagos Islands, 26 species in garbage dumps in Lithuania and three species at the 13,800-foot cinder-cone summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano.

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