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Traits: A small, wingless insect (invertebrate animal) with chewing mouthparts and a tube on the underside of the first abdominal segment

Habitat: Soil, litter, decaying logs, mosses; some in trees, and a few live in groundwater

Foods: Algae, lichens, pollen, fungal spores, decaying materials

Eaten by: Centipedes, ground beetles, spiders, shrews, birds

Do You Know? This insect's furcula (tail-like forked organ) folds down under the body and releases, springing the animal three to four inches (7-10 cm) into the air.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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