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Subject:  Tiny little bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  South jersey
Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 09:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I noticed these tiny little black dots that move in my hot tub. Next day I see a ton of them by the door entrance to my house on the outside towards the deck.
One picture is of a bunch of them, the next one is cropped with just one.
How you want your letter signed:  Mark

Globular Springtails

Dear Mark,
These appear to be Globular Springtails, benign creatures that often become a nuisance when they appear in large numbers.  Interestingly, we just finished posting another inquiry regarding Globular Springtails, that also originated in New Jersey. 

Subject:  Bugs
Geographic location of the bug:  Jackson,  New Jersey USA
Date: 01/08/2019
Time: 05:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! Its currently 45° here in NJ,  I dont understand how I have these tiny bugs all over the side of my garage and all over my deck. I cant tell if they fly or just move really fast but its freaking me out! Help! Do I need to call someone to spray? Thanks ! -Katy
How you want your letter signed:  Katy

Globular Springtail

Dear Katy,
This is a Globular Springtail, a benign creature that might become a nuisance if it is too plentiful.  They tend to proliferate when conditions are ideal, and then they seemingly vanish.

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  U.S North Carolina
Date: 12/20/2018
Time: 12:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this little grey bug with black spots on some of my old curtains that Ive left by the front door for a while.
How you want your letter signed:  J.G


Dear J.G.,
This is a Springtail, a benign, common insect found in many locations, and they are fond of damp locations inside the home.  Though benign, Springtails can be a nuisance if they are plentiful

Subject:  ID help please!
Geographic location of the bug:  North Eastern CT, USA
Date: 02/21/2018
Time: 08:28 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!
Sorry that they are dead, I just found these guys in a cup of water in my backyard. Can you help me figure out what they are?
Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Curious in CT

Globular Springtails

Dear Curious in CT,
When we were renaming the digital image you sent, we realized that several years ago we posted another identification for Globular Springtails from Connecticut.  Though they can become very numerous when conditions are favorable, Globular Springtails are benign creatures and they are no cause for concern.

Thank you SO much for your response (and all the great work you do!).
I am so happy to hear they are harmless. I found more in my bird bath and near my chicken coop so that’s a big relief.
Thanks again, have a great weekend!

Subject:  Thought it was puddles of clay, but….
Geographic location of the bug:  Western North Carolina
Date: 01/11/2018
Time: 02:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  After rains, between Oct. and at current time (Jan) small pools of fine red clay are actually quite alive Under magnifier …  what are these things!!!
How you want your letter signed:  Paul Josefson

Springtail Aggregation

Dear Paul,
This is an aggregation of Springtails, the most common hexapod on our planet.  When conditions are correct, often after periods of rain, they reproduce quickly and form large aggregations.  According to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee website:  “Springtails are not insects, but they do have six legs, and older insect books list them as primitive, wingless insects. Most of the ‘for-public-consumption’ Extension/Exterminator websites call them insects because it’s easier than explaining who they really are—members of the ancient class Collembola, which probably evolved alongside insects. There are springtail fossils dating back 400 million years (they don’t fossilize easily, but they sometimes show up in amber), and if they were insects, they’d be the oldest insect fossils known. They’re not fleas, though some are called ‘snow fleas’ and ‘springtail flea’ is a regional common name.”  The site also states:  “Springtails can be profoundly social, and they use aggregation pheromones to summon a crowd.  If one springtail finds a good, damp spot, they’re all there. Their development is ametabolous—they just grow without changing shape or rearranging body structures and are adults at their fifth molt. Springtails continue to molt throughout their lives, and they’re most sensitive to desiccation while molting.” 

Thank you….I feel much better knowing that I am not being invaded by an alien race of micro beings!

Subject: Need help identifying
Location: Central Ohio
August 15, 2017 10:41 am
Hello, We live in central Ohio and recently we’ve found a ton of these tiny guys on scrap wood in our basement. I put some of them in a magnifying container but still can’t tell what they are and I’ve tried searching online. The jump, there are several different sizes of them from really tiny to a tad bigger and they all seem to look the same no matter the size, they also appear to be different shades of grey. I’m attaching some photos. Hoping you can help me and these are not big problem bugs as most of our old house is made of old black walnut including the 3×4 tall batten boards up a lot of our walls.
Signature: Any help is much appreciated!!!

Elongate Bodied Springtail

This is an Elongate Bodied Springtail, a benign creature that is often found in damp, dark places.  Though benign, they can be a nuisance if they are numerous.  See BugGuide for additional information.