Subject: Tiny orange bugs
Location: Everett, WA
April 20, 2016 7:31 am
These are all over our garden boxes! What on earth are they?!(you have to zoom in on the picture……tons and tons of tiny orange bugs)
Signature: Erin

Springtails

Springtails

Dear Erin,
These are most surely Springtails in the order Collembola, and we did a search for orange Springtails in Washington, which led us to the BugGuide image of a single tiny individual in the genus
Tomocerus.  Springtails are benign creatures that can be a nuisance if they are too plentiful.  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.”

Springtails

Springtails

Location: Everett, Washington

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