Springtails are usually around 5cm or less in length. Most species have a long curled appendage attached to their undersides which is used to 'spring' the springtail into the air when it is disturbed or threatened.
Springtails are extremely important in the decomposition and composting processes as their feeding actions fragment material and increase the speed at which soil microbes can break down organic material.
Food and Habitat:
Springtails feed on decaying plant and animal matter. They can be found in virtually any moist area where decaying is occurring.
Damp areas containing rotting logs, compost heaps and large stones will all provide suitable areas for springtails.