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blue insect in the pond algae, became visible when looking under magnifier, no artificial color added, jumper - Podura aquatica

blue insect in the pond algae, became visible when looking under magnifier, no artificial color added, jumper - Podura aquatica
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
May 17, 2015
Size: very small, magnification
I used a hand held microscope to look at a bright green pupae that was laying on the algae on my pond and dozens of these tiny insects became visible. I can't find anything that describes naturally blue insects. They are quite numerous in the algae. Thoughts? I tried to find info on those tiny surface bugs that are on lakes, that move together like a school of fish, but I am coming up empty searching for them. Could this be the larval stage of them?

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blue insect in the pond algae, became visible when looking under magnifier, no artificial color added, jumper - Podura aquatica blue insect in the pond algae, became visible when looking under magnifier, no artificial color added, jumper - Podura aquatica

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Podura aquatica
Adult specimen.

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Moved from ID Request.

Springtails--something in this neighborhood I expect. Frans, our springtail expert will be able to tell you more.

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