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Subject:  What kind of bug??
Geographic location of the bug:  Outside my house. In Maryland. Minth of January and it’s currently around 51 degrees outside. Also, we’ve had some rain and it’s gloomy outside and possibly raining.
Date: 01/04/2020
Time: 04:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  So this bug was found in my stagnant fountain that hasn’t been used in years. They are on everything. My siding, chairs, propane tank but not in the house. They are a community bug it seems and when disturbed, they jump. They aren’t fleas and don’t look like springtails in my opinion. Please help. They freak me out and I have no idea of where they come from or how.
How you want your letter signed:  With a name

Globular Springtails

Dear viciousspirit,
The class Collembola is a diverse group of Hexapods, and your individuals are Globular Springtails in the order Symphypleona which is represented on BugGuide.

Globular Springtail

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Subject:  Very Small Mottled Bugs on Front Steps
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 01/04/2020
Time: 04:22 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! I’m hoping you can help ID these bugs for me. There are hundreds of them on my front steps and they seem to jump when you get close to them. I saw something similar in past years on the snow and thought they were snow fleas but these look different under magnification. The temperature now is 52F. The pictures show them without magnification and under a 30x handheld microscope. I’m hoping you can help ID them. Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Dave W.

Globular Springtail

Dear Dave,
We suspected, based on your excellent description, your location, the time of year and the temperatures, that you were inquiring about Globular Springtails even before opening your excellent images.  They are benign creatures that can be a nuisance if they become too plentiful.  For the record, Snow Fleas and Globular Springtails are both members of the same primitive class Collembola.  You can find additional information on BugGuide.

Globular Springtails

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Subject:  Need help with identifiyng bug
Geographic location of the bug:  California
Date: 05/13/2019
Time: 05:51 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, we have an issue with this little bug all over our yard. They mostly hide in dark areas like under leaves , wood what ever they can find. They are now starting to come into the house and they jump all over and are very tiny. They do not seem to bite however I’m not 100% sure.
How you want your letter signed:  Justin

Springtails

Hi Justin,
These are benign Springtails in the order Collembola, and they are arguably the most common creatures on land.  When conditions are favorable (generally damp conditions) they can get so numerous as to be a nuisance, but they pose no threat to humans.  In our opinion and the opinion of many, they are actually beneficial because they help to break down rotting organic matter so that it can be incorporated into fertile soil.

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Subject:  Black spotted bug with red head
Geographic location of the bug:  Idaho, USA
Date: 05/13/2019
Time: 01:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found a bunch of these tiny little bugs crawling in my bedroom windowsill. They look to be grayish with black spots and a red head. Any idea what they are?
How you want your letter signed:  Brandi

Globular Springtail

Dear Brandi,
This looks like a benign Globular Springtail to us.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject:  Could you id this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  INDIANA
Date: 05/01/2019
Time: 09:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This is a small bug on the side of my house and there is a lot of them.
How you want your letter signed:  Id bug

Elongate Bodied Springtail

This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, a benign creature that might become a nuisance if it becomes too numerous, especially inside the home.  Springtails in the order Collembola are arguably the most numerous group of animals on land, though some species are aquatic.

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Subject:  Teeny Microscopic Beetle?
Geographic location of the bug:  Suffolk County, New York
Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 10:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  The clear photos are in a yellow bug light. The blurry photos are best capture of the color. The size they are 1mm big. Not sure if they are babies. They were moving to fast to get a clear photo. They were active both during the day and at night. They are on everything not just on leaves or plants. The photos are them on the railings. They are tons of them and they are everywhere. The current temperature is 43 degrees at 10pm. We live about a mile from a large river. (Carmens River) We shined a light on them so they have shadows. 1st photo is a side view. 2nd is a sideview, third is best photo of markings.
How you want your letter signed:  Nicole

Globular Springtail

Dear Nicole,
This is a Globular Springtail, a benign creature that might become a nuisance if it is too plentiful, a phenomenon that happens when conditions are ideal for reproduction.  Interestingly, we are catching up on unanswered identification requests and we received this Globular Springtail request from New Jersey and this Globular Springtail request also from New Jersey on the same day you sent your request.

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