Snow Fleas - Hypogastrura nivicola
I was hiking when I thought it had started to drizzle. I stopped and looked around to realize that everything was covered in tiny, blue springtails that were bouncing around, creating the sound of rain.
Habitat: Deciduous forest
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.
Research at Queen's University have sequenced and synthesised the anti-freeze-like protein that allows snow fleas to operate in sub-zero environments, and found its sequence to be glycine-rich, and unlike any previously known protein. There are hopes that similar proteins may be useful for storing transplant organs and for producing.. more