Collembola (Springtails) are everywhere and in huge numbers, but most of us rarely ever see or think about them. Collemola are insect relatives - that is they have six legs but are not true insects - in contrast to insects they have internal mouthparts. Our unfamiliarity with them stems largely from their small size with relatively few species longer than a few millimetres, however, estimates of springtail abundance have indicated that in some ecosystems there may be over 100,000 individuals living per square metre - that is 1 billion per hectare. So, they are certainly small but they make up for their size with numbers.
Here two, possibly three, species were photographed on fresh kangaroo dung, a lovely luscious resource, for springtails at least and a wealth of other biodiversity from bacteria to fungi and beetles (more in another post).
Some of the Many Little Things that have crap diets!