Little spider looking guys that float on water
February 8, 2010
I have found these guys floating on some standing water around my house. They seem to be mostly on the water, but also around it a little bit. They are quite small, as the one by my finger is one of the biggest ones. They seem to have a slight reddish or yellowish color to them. And they can scoot along the water QUITE speedily. They look like spiders and don’t appear to have wings. Not sure what they are! Can you help please!
These are Globular Springtails in the class Collembola and the order Symphypleona. BugGuide has a wonderful series of photos of a species that was identified as Dicyrtomina ornata that is very detailed. Alas, we are unable to identify which species of Globular Springtail you have discovered.