Would like to identify
Location: Upton, MA, USA
December 22, 2011 10:40 am
I have found thousands of these tiny insects outside in my ducks’ water dish. Brought a sample in and took a pic with my digital microscope. Thanks in advance!
Signature: Regards…Beth Towne
This is a Globular Springtail, possibly Dicyrtomina minuta which is pictured on BugGuide and listed as: “Very common in the UK. Probably an introduced species” in North America. Springtails are beneficial primitive insects that help break down organic material into humus, however, they can become a nuisance if they become too plentiful. They need damp conditions to survive.