Help! Thousands of Tiny Purple Bugs!
We live in Oregon and have recently been invaded by literally thousands of these tiny what look like purple bugs. They seem to cluster together in piles, mostly hiding out of the rain, but sometimes in the puddles themselves. At this point only outside. Here are a few photos. Any ideas? Any help would be appreciated. It’s quite the mystery. Thanks,
Jordan Wand

Hi Jordan,
These are most certainly a type of Springtail known in the singular as a Snow Flea. These minute dark blue flea-like insects form large aggregations in the winter months and are sometimes found on the surface of snow on warm days. They are found in leaf litter and holes in the soil and are believed to feed on pollen.

4 Responses to Snow Fleas

  1. lngbpfan says:

    Jordan, I’d be interested as to where in Oregon you are. Your photos look like my swarm of snowfleas in Welches. They’ve taken up residence in our driveway & have now spread to inside the garage. How did you get rid of them?

  2. Anthony says:

    I live in California and I found them at my camp and they bit my friends and I

  3. Maddy says:

    I am in Maine and they are here to this is freaky but here they are more red

  4. Lori says:

    Just saw some of these for the first time on top of old snow on a trail in northern New Mexico…they’re crazy little jumping critters!

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