Springtails could be considered the "rabbits” of the soil. They have a forked “tail” which rests folded up under the abdomen, and flings outwards causing the animal to leap great distances.
Springtails are not microorganisms. They are very tiny, but can be seen with the naked eye. If you have a worm compost bin, you have probably seen these tiny white creatures hopping around in there. They prefer moist conditions but are not aquatic. The water shown in the drawing is the thin film of water coating soil particles, which creates habitat for the protozoa, bacteria, and other members of the soil food web.
I hope that my artwork can help bring people a little bit closer to the invisible world of microbiology that we depend on for so much.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.