What’s this bug
Location: Subtropical Australia
September 4, 2011 1:49 am
This tiny bug (about 1mm long) appears in the thousands in my worm farm. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Many thanks, Julia
You have Springtails, and 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.” As such, they are beneficial creatures. BugGuide also provides this interesting bit of information: “Springtails are probably the most abundant hexapods on Earth, with up to 250 million individuals per acre.”
Many thanks, Daniel – I’ve been wondering about them for years! Good to know they’re beneficial!
Certain Springtails, like the species that live on top of swimming pools, can be a nuisance if they are really plentiful.