Proturans are hexapods that are very rarely seen or looked for, but they are part of the insect food web.
The microscopic Proturans are 6-legged creatures that live in soil. They are so small that they are shorter than this typed-out exclamation mark!
Hundreds of them can live in as little as one cup of good earth sampled from woods, healthy crop fields, and in backyards. They are virtually blind and sense their surroundings by touch and taste. Proturans scrape off bits of fungi and plant roots into their small mouths. Some species breathe through their exoskeletons, others have a trachea (windpipe). Larvae are even smaller than adults and grow a few segments at a time as they mature. As you can imagine, photos of them are hard to come by. They require intense magnification (via microscope) in order to see any detail in their physiology.
Scientific Name: Acerentomon sp.
Size (Adult; Length): 1mm to 2mm (0.04in to 0.08in)
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