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Subject: Not bedbugs!
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana
June 12, 2014 9:06 pm
Hi,
I found at least 10-15 of these little guys crawling around on my sheets tonight within the span of an hour. They’re very very tiny, maybe a 10th of the size of the tip of a match. They’re orange/light brown and don’t seem to fly. While they don’t actually jump, they move quickly for their tiny size and what seems like a little jump. I can only find about one every few minutes that’s actually alive, but there are maybe 10 dead ones throughout my sheets too. Any ideas? My window is open 24/7. Could they be coming from outside? I haven’t had any bites or itchy bumps either. They seem to be harmless but are definitely creepy. Please let me know if you can figure these guys out!
Signature: Sarah K

Springtail

Springtail

Hi Sarah,
While we cannot make out any detail in your image, based on the description you have provided, we are quite certain this is a harmless and benign Springtail.  They like moist conditions.

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Subject: Found on snow !!
Location: Shea Lake, Quebec, Canada
March 23, 2014 10:26 am
Hello.. I was at my cottage ( I’ll put a google map link at the bottom ). The temperature was about +2 celsius. While walking in on a path we had made the day before, I notices what I thought was dust or soot from out wood burning fireplace, all alone the surface of the snow. I was more concentrated on the path, especially in the foot depressions left in the snow from walking on it. Then I noticed that the “soot” was moving !! Then I realizes I was looking at a bug of some sort. They were jumping like fleas !! I have video also. The first pictures shows the bugs up close and the second pictures shows the bugs next to the tire of my vehicle.
Any help will be appreciated.
Signature: sg.

Snow Fleas

Snow Fleas

Hi sg,
These Springtails are commonly called Snow Fleas because they are so small and because, as you observed, they jump.  They are not related to true Fleas, and they are benign creatures.  Snow Fleas often congregate in the sun while there is still snow on the ground.  They feed on lichens and when conditions are favorable, they can get quite plentiful.

Snow Fleas

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Subject: WTB
Location: Mexico City
March 20, 2014 6:38 pm
This bug apeared recently (beginning of march) in the washbasin of my bathroom, they are very very small (1mm) apear by night, maybe 10 or 15, when I disturb them with my fingers they take tremendous jumps. If I fill the basin with water they drawn during the night. The foto is of a drowned one, very magnified.
I live in Mexico City.
I hope you can help me identify them, in any case thank you!
Signature: Guillermo

Springtail

Springtail

Buenos Dias Guillermo,
The creature in your photo is a Springtail, a hexapod in the class Collembola.  They might be the most populous creatures on the planet and they are basically benign, or actually beneficial as they help organic matter to decompose and break down into humus.  They jump by means of an organ called a furcula.  According to BugGuide:  “Species with a furcula are jumpers; the furcula is normally folded under the abdomen, and the insect jumps by suddenly extending the furcula ventrally and posteriorly.”  BugGuide also notes:  “Springtails indoors should be ignored, as they cause no health threat whatsoever and will quickly die or disperse as the areas they frequent dry out.” 

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Subject: Bugs on my bed
Location: Brazil
March 13, 2014 1:07 am
Hi there
one day i saw some tiny bugs on my bed, it was like 20 or 30 of them that i could see… at first glance i tought it was Fleas, becouse they were very tiny and fast. But in a closer look, it does not look like one.
So i took this picture.
I washed the bed’s sheets, but one or another of the insects still can be seen over the bed
In the internet, some people said that they were cockrouches nymphs, but i doubt it.
The picture was shot today.
Signature: VFx

Slender Springtail

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Dear VFx,
This is a Elongate Bodied Springtail in the family Entomobryidae, but we cannot be certain of the species.  See this image on BugGuide for comparison.  Springtails are benign creatures that can be very numerous if conditions are right, making them a nuisance, but they are no threat to you or your home.

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Subject: Please identify
Location: San Jose, Ca
March 11, 2014 3:37 pm
Hello Savior(at least I hope),
My name is Dana John and I live in San Jose, Ca. Last February I was chemically burned from the inside out after taking Penicillin, 1 in a million reaction, and was left with open wounds all over my body. I was also told to smear steroids all over my skin/scalp for months to help with healing and that left me with no immunity. As of now all the holes have healed except on my scalp, meanwhile I have been going crazy due to this bug I will attach photos of. Docs treat me like I am insane and I know I haven’t lost my mind!! I don’t know if this bug is being birthed from my skin or attracted to some type of fungus or mold that may be growing on my skin. Our Vet sent specimens of it to be identified and Cornell University said it was a Crustacian??? Now we are beyond stumped and as the warm summer approaches I am terrified as whatever this thing is it prefers warmer temperatures. I look forward to what you have to say and hope I find help somehow, someway!! I also should say that the photo where you see a darker version of this insect….the darker part of the body is wings that are covering a large thorax that is an amber color.
Signature: Sincerely, Dana John

Springtail, we believe

Springtail, we believe

Dear Dana,
First we want to say that we empathize with your problem, but we are not really qualified to diagnose medical conditions.  The images you provided appear to be of three distinctly different looking “creatures” and one appears to be a benign Springtail, which you can compare to images on BugGuide.  Springtails are commonly found in the home and they can become a nuisance if they are plentiful, but again, they are benign.  According to BugGuide:  “Springtails are ‘decomposers’ that thrive mostly on decaying organic matter, especially vegetable matter. They may also graze on spores of molds and mildews, especially indoors where there is a lack of other food sources.”  We are unable at this time to identify the other two images.

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Subject: millions of tiny black bugs, what are they?
Location: northwest washington, USA
February 20, 2014 11:00 pm
Hello,
Recently i found an infestation of bugs outside, and i have never seen anything like it. A log appeared to be black, and i didn’t know why. When i got closer to it, i discovered that the entire log was covered in tiny black bugs.
they appear to have 6 legs, and antennae. All over the internet i’ve been unable to find any answer as to what these are.
Roughly 2mm in size, found in february – 2 different occasions in the past two weeks, but during freezing weather, snow, and rain. They showed up in areas that were rained on – logs, ground, sidewalk – and i didn’t find any on the dry logs underneath the shed’s roof.
i was unable to get the best quality photos, but these are two macro shots of the bugs. Just imagine a solid layer of poppy seeds when viewed at a normal distance.
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Springtails

You discovered Springtails, and though they are benign, they can become a nuisance if conditions are right and they multiply.

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