Subject: Hopping Minute Bug
January 25, 2016 9:08 am
I found a few of these bugs on my work desk where I store hardware stuff. The last time I saw them was when I cut an unused dish washing sponge to aid in some macro photography. They just appeared in a container that held a small insect.
The bug is slightly less than 1mm in size. The thickness of the plastic container rim is exactly 1mm (in the photo).
This is a Hexapod in the Class Collembola, the Springtails, most likely a Globular Springtail in the Order Symphypleona. Here is a photo from BugGuide that looks similar. Springtails are benign creatures that may become a nuisance if they are too plentiful. According to BugGuide, Springtails are found in: “Soil, leaf litter, under bark, in decaying wood/fungi, on water surface; some on vegetation. In our area, at least 11 genera include truly aquatic members, >20 genera are regularly found on water surface, and others yet, occasionally. Often found indoors, especially in moist or damp situations such as basins, sinks, tubs, showers, potting soil of houseplants, and windowsills where condensation has accumulated.”
Correction: Booklouse, not Springtail
Thanks to a comment, we realized that we have once again misidentified a Booklouse as a Springtail.
Thank you for the quick response. I am glad that it has been identified. You guys are great!
Actually this is a Booklouse, not a Springtail.
This is exciting news. Thank you for the follow-up and correction! I will definitely read more on this creature.