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Spot the mouse tunnels, the rabbit tracks, the deer scat, the tiny springtails (also called snow fleas) popping out of the snow to gobble algae. Look for reeds nearly hidden by snow and empty nests highlighted by it.
Tiny, blind trap-jaw ants hunt odd little not-quite-insects called springtails; the fascinating part is that the trap-jaw ants can only capture prey that get close enough to trigger the little hairs between the ant's jaws that snap them shut.
The arachnid-like DNA showed up in one of the caves, as did DNA from a type of insect called a springtail.
Tiny, blind trap-jaw ants hunt odd little not-quite-insects called springtails
One of the most abundant, but barely visible, arthropods in the soil are springtails.
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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