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Snow Fleas (Springtails) - Hypogastrura nivicola Springtails get their name from a special appendage on their abdomens. This appendage, called the furcula, enables springtails to jump through the air nearly 100 times the length of their own bodies. <br />
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Habitat: I saw thousands covering mushrooms and a rotting stump; deciduous forest<br />
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Snow Fleas (Springtails) - Hypogastrura nivicola

Springtails get their name from a special appendage on their abdomens. This appendage, called the furcula, enables springtails to jump through the air nearly 100 times the length of their own bodies.

Habitat: I saw thousands covering mushrooms and a rotting stump; deciduous forest


Snow Fleas (Springtails) - Hypogastrura nivicola Springtails get their name from a special appendage on their abdomens. This appendage, called the furcula, enables springtails to jump through the air nearly 100 times the length of their own bodies. <br />
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Habitat: I saw thousands covering mushrooms and a rotting stump; deciduous forest<br />
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Snow Fleas (Springtails) - Hypogastrura nivicola Springtails get their name from a special appendage on their abdomens. This appendage, called the furcula, enables springtails to jump through the air nearly 100 times the length of their own bodies. <br />
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Habitat: I saw thousands covering mushrooms and a rotting stump; deciduous forest<br />
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Snow Fleas (Springtails) - Hypogastrura nivicola Springtails get their name from a special appendage on their abdomens. This appendage, called the furcula, enables springtails to jump through the air nearly 100 times the length of their own bodies. <br />
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Habitat: I saw thousands covering mushrooms and a rotting stump; deciduous forest<br />
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Snow Fleas (Springtails) - Hypogastrura nivicola Springtails get their name from a special appendage on their abdomens. This appendage, called the furcula, enables springtails to jump through the air nearly 100 times the length of their own bodies. <br />
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Habitat: I saw thousands covering mushrooms and a rotting stump; deciduous forest<br />
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Snow Fleas (Springtails) - Hypogastrura nivicola Springtails get their name from a special appendage on their abdomens. This appendage, called the furcula, enables springtails to jump through the air nearly 100 times the length of their own bodies. <br />
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Habitat: I saw thousands covering mushrooms and a rotting stump; deciduous forest<br />
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    comments (4)

  1. You've outdone yourself, Christine. This post is absolutely EPIC! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy! I'm glad I stopped to investigate because at a distance, they just looked like dirty mushrooms. Posted 6 months ago
      1. That zoomed out shot is really insane, like ashes. Posted 6 months ago
        1. I didn't realize what they were until after I touched them. Typical - touch first, think later. Posted 6 months ago

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Snow fleas are a species of dark blue springtail, ''Hypogastrura nivicola''. They are often seen jumping about on the surface of snow on a warm winter day.

Similar species: Poduromorpha
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Oct 31, 2021. Captured Oct 31, 2021 12:46 in 281 Main St S, Woodbury, CT 06798, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/83s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm