Tiny, Round, Brown-ish Jumping Insects

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Hey all,

Happy spring (if you're in the spring'n part of the world.) I've got some tiny insects I haven't seen before crawling around on the benches in my yard. I'm wondering if anyone could identify them. I haven't had much luck googling.

They seem to be crawling around on my wood benches, I couldn't find any on the ground or on the my trees. They're not particularly fast, or too easily alarmed, but if you get your finger behind them they'll jump, almost like a flea, sometimes disappearing, sometimes only a few inches away.

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Best,

OA
 

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Those appear to be collemboans also known as springtails. The behavior is an escape mechanism utilizing what is known as a furcla that literally acts like a spring. They are basically benign and are an indicator of good soil microbial health. They feed on dead and decaying plant matter and fungi for the most part. Hopes this helps, they are all over our soil up here in the western nc mountains and I've never had a problem with them affecting any of my plants.
 

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Thanks primate! I looked up collemboans and think I've got the pleasure of hosting bourletiella hortensis, which might have the creepiest eyes of any bug I've seen.
 

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No problem,glad I could help. The richness and diversity of our soil microbiome is quite amazing to me. There certainly are some nasty little beasties duking it out around our plants roots lol.
 

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Apologies for the delay!

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