Definition of springtail
: any of an order (Collembola) of small primitive wingless arthropods that are either classified as insects or are placed in a related class (Entognatha), that have internal mouthparts enclosed in folds of the head, usually possess a furcula used for jumping, exhibit incomplete metamorphosis, feed especially on fungi and decaying vegetation, and are typically found in moist or wet surroundings (such as soil, on the surface of water or melting snow, or in caves) —called also collembolan
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But spiders do not show any predilection for human flesh, preferring the taste of insects and another small beastie called collembola, or springtail.
Spiders aren't the only creatures that have evolved this trap-jaw mechanism, says Spagna—trap-jaw ants and springtails, a type of arthropod, both do.
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