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Subject: Pyemotes?
Location: Paris, France
July 28, 2016 7:00 pm
Hello!
Recently I’ve been spotting these small (1mm long) bugs all over my apartment. Never bothered me until I woke up with a rash that made my dermatologist take photos of me! My left arm and leg were entirely covered in strange shapes. He told me I was bitten by either “pyemotes” or spiders.
Then I started seeing this suspect:
It’s a brown-ish golden color;
Comes out at night;
It has 6 legs, 2 antennas and what appears to be…hair;
The photo is very zoomed in, you can’t see the details with the naked eye;
It crawls on walls and I spotted one in my bed;
Seen in July in Paris, France;
Around 1mm, very thin, can’t see its legs with the naked eye, only 2 antennas;
Averagely fast;
What is it?
Does it bite?
Thank you very much.
Kind regards.
Signature: DS

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Dear DS,
According to Living With Bugs,
Pyemotes are mites that can cause the reaction you describe.  The creature in your image is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, and from all we have researched, they are considered  benign creatures that do not bite, nor do they harm the home, however, they can be a nuisance if they are too plentiful.  According to BugGuide:  “Often found indoors, especially in moist or damp situations such as basins, sinks, tubs, showers, potting soil of houseplants, and windowsills where condensation has accumulated.”  As an aside, we got tremendous pleasure creating the headline for this posting:  Springtail in Paris, especially since we get so few submissions from the City of Love.

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: Central New Jersey
July 7, 2016 4:11 am
I have a number of bugs that seem localized to my kitchen, almost all I’ve seen on the floor, only a couple on the walls. They are very small, do not apear winged but seem to be able to jump. They are not on my 2 dogs. I cannot find a concentration of them in any one spot. They are not in my cabinets, I don’t see any in the crawlspace beneath the kitchen or I’m the adjacent garage or dining room. Please help?
Signature: Chris

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Chris,
This is a benign Elongate Bodied Springtail, and though they are not considered harmful, and are in fact considered beneficial, they can be a nuisance if too plentiful.

Thank you Daniel after a little research I discovered the same thing after I emailed you but definitely good to get a confirmation from an expert, I really appreciate it. Now I just have to figure out how to get them out of my house.

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Subject: Big on my Chicken Coop
Location: Ohio
May 3, 2016 6:47 pm
Hello,
I live in southern Ohio and have been seeing these small bugs all over my chicken coop. They do not seem to bother the chickens. Just wondering what this bug is.
Signature: Thank you!

Springtails

Elongate Bodied Springtails

Though they have six legs, primitive Springtails are classified independently from Insects into the class Collembola.  As you observed, they are benign creatures that can become a nuisance if they get plentiful when conditions are favorable.  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.”  Springtails are cosmopolitan, and they can be found worldwide.

Springtails

Elongate Bodied Springtails

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Subject: Help identify!
Location: Van Nuys, Ca
April 26, 2016 6:41 pm
Dear bugman,
I have suddenly found a ton of these in my house. I live in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles county. I see them both during the day and the night. They are tiny and I have no idea what they are. Help!
Signature: Orli

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Orli,
You have Springtails, primitive insects that can get quite plentiful when conditions are right.  They are benign creatures, but they can become a nuisance if their populations rise.

Springtail

Springtail

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Subject: Tiny orange bugs
Location: Everett, WA
April 20, 2016 7:31 am
These are all over our garden boxes! What on earth are they?!(you have to zoom in on the picture……tons and tons of tiny orange bugs)
Signature: Erin

Springtails

Springtails

Dear Erin,
These are most surely Springtails in the order Collembola, and we did a search for orange Springtails in Washington, which led us to the BugGuide image of a single tiny individual in the genus
Tomocerus.  Springtails are benign creatures that can be a nuisance if they are too plentiful.  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.”

Springtails

Springtails

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Subject: Tiny forest bug
Location: Yakushima, Japan
March 24, 2016 2:02 pm
Hello bugman folks!
I spotted this little guy last July in the rain forest at an altitude of around 1,000m.
(S)He was less than an 1/8th inch. At first, I mistook it for a spider or a mite and I didn’t realize how cute he was until –with my curiosity spiked by the spikes on his back–I took a closeup photo. Now all I can say is, what’s this bug with the funny proboscis?
Many thanks and love for all you do to promote little critters!
Signature: Jenny

Globular Springtail

Globular Springtail

Dear Jenny,
This is a Globular Springtail in the Order Symphypleona from the Class Collembola, arguably the most plentiful Hexapods on the planet.  You can see some similar images of Globular Springtails on Matt Cole Macro Photography.

Sweet! Thank you so much bugman!!!! I’m going to keep a lookout for more Globular Springtails!

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