weird jumping bug
Location: UK (Cornwall)
March 17, 2012 8:54 am
Seen this in the garden for the last few years (once disturbed, they jump about, somewhat clumsily). As you can see, they look almost marine-like.
Your terrestrial amphipod, Arcitalitrus sylvaticus, has many marine relatives. The species was accidentally introduced to various parts of the world from Australia, including “New Zealand, the British Isles, Florida and California” according to BugGuide. These creatures proliferate in well watered gardens and they are commonly called Land Shrimp or House Hoppers. The frequently enter homes during heavy rains, though they quickly dry out and die indoors.