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Slender springtails

slender springtail

The springtail Entomobrya multifaciatis is commonly found on plants in nurseries and landscapes. It is a cosmopolitan species of springtail, found on many continents. This species of springtail eats pollen and also spores of fungi. Springtails are considered an alternate prey or food source for spiders, particularly small Linyphiidae spiders, which prey on springtails in the absence of aphids.

Occasionally springtails become structural invaders, driven into these sites by high heat and rapid drying of their habitat. Exlusion by properly searling entrance areas (around pipes, vents, etc.) and a reduction of moisture (use of fans) can reduce the problem. See the UC IPM website on springtails for more information.

References:

Agusti, N., et al. 2003. Collembola as alternative prey sustaining spiders in arable ecosystems: prey detection within predators using molecular markers. Molecular Ecology. Vol. 12, No. 12, pp. 3467-3475.

Folsom, J. W. The Economic Importance of Collembola. Journal of Economic Entomology. Vol. 26, No. 5, Oct 1933, pp 934-939.

Web Resources:

Perry, Ed. 2014. Pests in Homes and Gardens: Springtails. UC IPM. [4 Aug. 2015].

Checklist of the Collembola and their more specific page on slender springstails in the genus Entomobrya

 

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