Springtails – 11/29/20
Observer: Kurt Buermann
Observation Date: 11/29/20
Observation Time: 10:00 a.m.
Observation Location: 45 Furnace St.
Common Name: Globular Springtails
Scientific Name: Sminthuridae
Comments: I have often seen these brown dots floating in water, ponds or birdbaths. Today I got really curious. With the naked eye they seem like some sort of pollen. If you scoop a few onto your finger tip they jump off so they are very much alive. Each is separate but they really seem to get together in clumps. They are about 1 to 1.5 millimeters in size.
More information: Wikipedia