Human Interactions

Collembola rarely interact overtly with humans. There are few agricultural pests and, except for the introduced Lucerne flea (Sminthurus viridis) in Australia, which is a pest in pastures and horticultural crops, these are of little economic importance. There are no parasitic Collembola and they are not known to transmit any diseases. Mass emergences occur and may cause a temporary problem with household infestation but they are generally short lived there. The true household Collembola are unobtrusive and generally overlooked. Collembola play an important role in the development and maintenance of healthy soils, but this is not generally appreciated. Here they are usually abundant and may reach densities up to a trillion per square meter.

See Also the Following Articles

Arthropoda • Diplura • Protura

Further Reading

Christiansen, K., and Bellinger, P. (1998). "The Collembola of North America North of the Rio Grande: A Taxonomic Analysis," 2nd ed. Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA. Fjellberg, A. (1998). The Collembola of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Part I.

Poduromorpha. Fauna Entomol. Scand. 35, 183. Hopkin, S. P. (1997). "Biology of the Springtails (Insecta, Collembola)."

Oxford University Press, London. Lubbock, J. (1873). "Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura." Ray Soc., London.

Maynard, E. A. (1951). "A Monograph of the Collembola or Springtail Insects of New York State." Comstock, Ithaca, NY.

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