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Order Collembola - The Springtails
Entomobryid Sminthurid Springtails  
The Collembola are often called the springtails because of the their tail like appendage that they can tuck under their abdomen and release it like a spring to jump forward. Most Collembola are small soil insects and only a few are aquatic. We have two Families of aquatic Collembola in North Dakota. These are very small insects that may escape notice if you aren't looking carefully.

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