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Subject: what is this??
Location: Kentucky
April 19, 2015 4:18 pm
Hello, we noticed these little bugs a couple of years ago. I thought they were silverfish, but I’m not sure! We had the house sprayed by a professional 3 times! We recently moved, and now they are at our new home!
Signature: Maeham

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Dear Maeham,
This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, a common and benign creature that prefers damp habitat.  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.”
  Though they might be a nuisance if they are plentiful, they will not harm you or your home, and we would recommend ignoring them.

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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: North East, UK
April 18, 2015 9:44 am
Hey Bugman,
Saw this crawling around and i have no idea what it could be.
Its about 6-7mm in length.
Can you identify it please?
Signature: Pro

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Pro,
This is a Springtail in the Class Collembola, and it looks very similar to the individual pictured on the Royal Entomological Society website.

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Subject: brownish yellow tiny bugs jump on bed and bite
Location: West Texas
April 16, 2015 11:43 pm
Please help me with what this bug is. I found 10 on my bed, I have recently brought a blanket that had been in my trunk for a while. Since then I have had bite marks and tonight found these bugs on my bed, when I touch it they jump. I’ve developed bites that are itchy. They don’t look like bed bugs but I’m no expert. … the bite Marks are on my arms legs and bottom.. PLEASE HELP!!!
Signature: Sleepless in Texas..

Springtail

Springtail

Dear Sleepless in Texas,
This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, and your observations that they jump are correct, however we do not believe there is any connection between the Springtails and your bites.
  Springtails like damp conditions, and it is possible they were transported on the blanket, especially if conditions were humid. 

Springtail

Springtail

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Queens, NY
March 15, 2015 2:27 pm
Hello,
I live in an apartment in Queens, NY and we have these little bugs swarming on our kitchen counter, close to the wall. They’re close to the sink. We also see them on the edge of the sink in our bathroom.
They’re pretty calm, but dart around when you bother them (like when I took their picture).
Do you know what these are? Thank you!
Signature: E

Springtail

Springtail

Dear E,
This is a Springtail, arguably the most common hexapod on the planet.  Springtails are beneficial creatures that help break down organic matter, and though they are fine in nature and in the garden, they can become a nuisance indoors.  Springtails thrive under damp conditions, and since you are finding them near the sink, we can’t help but wonder if you have a leaky pipe that is causing problems inside the walls.  If mold is growing, it can be acting as a food source for the Springtails.  You might want to get the plumbing checked.

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Subject: Termite alates?
Location: Southern Vermont
March 11, 2015 6:20 am
Dear Mr. Bugman,
I just returned from traveling the past week to find a swarm of these small, wingless insects on my firewood stack. It’s been relatively warm (in the 30s to 40s) and wet here the past week. I’ve been trying to identify them. They look like de-winged subterranean termite swarmers, but they’re tiny! (1st pic.) The section of my finger showing is one inch long at most (2nd pic), so I’d say these little fellas are a couple mm long at most. They’re also just hanging out all over certain sections of the walls of my shed (3rd pic). Curious to hear your thoughts.
Thank you very much!
Signature: D

Springtails

Springtails

Dear D,
This would have been an easy identification for us even without your excellent close up image, and we are thrilled to be able to post a nice quality image of a single SpringtailSpringtails are arguably the world’s most common hexapods, and they are benign creatures, though they can become a nuisance when conditions are favorable and their populations swell.

springtail

springtail

Mr. Marlos,
Thank you very much for your help, and I’m very glad to hear you enjoyed my photo! (I took it through a hand lens, which evidently works.) I didn’t notice this before I e-mailed you, but after being outside more I can see that they are *everywhere*. I can understand why they’re known as snow fleas.
Best,
David

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Subject: 1,000 species challenge
Location: Brighouse, West Yorkshire, England
January 12, 2015 6:57 am
Hello bug man. I have set myself a challenge to get a good photograph of 1,000 species of animal life before I die. Occasionally, as would be expected, I come across a few I cannot identify. I have just identified an elongate bodied springtail from photos on your website, but there are still 2 photographs from the same date I have not yet identified. I was wondering if you could help me identify them. The first (evil brown looking thing) was discovered under a rock with 2 woodlice, the elongate bodied springtail and a garden slug. The second (little yellow bug) was discovered under a damp piece of wood less than 50 meters away. There were several individuals, all very very small. I understand that I may not get a response, but I thank you all the same. God bless,
– Jay
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Elongate Bodied Springtail

Elongate Bodied Springtail

Dear Jay,
First we hope you are planning a long life that would extend beyond the 1000 species goal as that is not a terribly large number of species.  We believe both of your images are of Springtails, even the “evil brown looking thing” which somewhat resembles the large Springtail in the image on the Royal Horticultural Society site.  The yellow critter looks like a Globular Springtail which is pictured on the Matt Cole Photography site.

Globular Springtail

Globular Springtail

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for your help. Having looked at images of your suggestions, I believe you are most likely right :) Thank you very much. Yes, I know there are far more than 1,000 species out there, and I’d shoot them all if I could :P With your identifications, I have now reached 201 species. Thank you so much for taking the time to identify the bugs.
God bless,
– Jay Zeke Malakai

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