|Image: David R. Maddison|
That's not all they don't have; eyes, wings, even antennae are all lacking in these minute hexapods. I found the lack of antennae particularly surprising. So did they, apparently...
They could almost be pretty good as a vampire. A tiny one, since they're all less than 2 mm (0.08 in) long.
|They would be so scary if they were 1,000 times bigger!|
Most Proturans live within the top 10 cm (4 in) of soil, although some have been found as deep as 25 cm (10 in). There are even some who go through seasonal migrations! Every year, they escape the cold weather by undertaking epic journeys of several inches down into the soil's depths. Basically, they fly south for the winter!
It's a whole other world...