Aggregation of Springtails

Subject: Purple bug bloom?
Location: Renton WA
January 24, 2013 6:49 pm
I have several spots on the driveway that look like a spill or a mildew but on close exam they move and appear to be very tiny bugs. I have never seen this before. By the way, the weather has been below freezing at night and in the low forties in the daytime.
Signature: Jim N


Hi Jim,
You have Springtails, tiny hexapods that often proliferate in great numbers under damp conditions.  They are benign creatures that can become a nuisance if they are too plentiful, however, they perform an important role in breaking down organic matter.  Here is a closeup image of Springtails from our archive.

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