|Springtails hit the wall|
She happened to have her old dissecting microscope left from her days as a biological microscopist and was able to get some magnified pictures. We sent the pictures to Dr. Chris Barnhart who identified them as springtails, a harmless horde. With this information, she spared thousands of lives.
|High magnification- Georgia P.|
Although a few species are found up in trees or on the edges and surface of ponds, many species are found in damp soil and leaf litter. They consume dead plant and animal matter, eventually contributing to the creation of soil. They also consume fungal mycelia and transport mycorrhizal fungi which contribute to
the growth of plants.
|Furcula set to spring- Wikimedia|
still pretty impressive considering they aren't using their legs.
|End-to end, 16 per inch|
Thanks to the ever observant Georgia Pozycinski for the pictures and the call.