What is this bug???
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
November 16, 2011 4:52 pm
These tiny black bugs appeared outside of our garage door today. They are black and wingless. About the size of a pin. I have no clue what they are. Can you please help?
Your photo does not allow us to make out details of an individual insect, but we are nearly positive these are Springtails in the class Collembola. Springtails are benign insects, though they may become a nuisance in certain situations when they are plentiful. Springtails feed on decomposing vegetation and they are important because they break down organic matter which contributes to the production of humus in soil. They can be very plentiful in a compost pile where they are beneficial. You can read more about Springtails in our archives as well as on BugGuide.