Springtails generally live on dead organic matter. However, some species, including mainly Onychiurus spp., also attack cultivated plants, mainly beets.
Scientific name: Onychiurus spp.
Greek name: Κολλέμβολα
In the field, empty plant positions are observed and below ground the seeds are eaten away. Infestation on seedlings is in the form of small eat holes up to 1 mm. Eating holes are also present on cotyledons. Young plants wither and die.
Adults are 1-2 mm long, whitish in colour, with sparse hairs and short antennae. Young individuals resemble the adults in appearance.
There is a risk of infestation by springtails in beet fields where manure, straw or green manure has been incorporated into the soil.
Tags: PLANTS ENEMY