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Unknown Snow Flea - Desoria canadensis

Unknown Snow Flea - Desoria canadensis
Creighton, Northern, Saskatchewan, Canada
March 12, 2016
We still have a couple feet of snow here in Northern Saskatchewan but it was a nice day and it was melting so we headed out to the forest. Walking on a snowmobile trail we found thousands of these tiny tiny guys crawling in and around the snow crystals and jumping everywhere...pretty cool! While I tried to shoot all angles I only saw the anal sac on one but I wasn't quick enough. Any ideas on an ID

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Moved
Moved from Desoria.

Desoria canadensis
An educated guess mainly based on the dark olive green body colour.
BTW, no anal sacs on Desoria. Anal sacs belong in the family Hypogastruridae.

 
Thanks Frans
...good to know, that explains why I never saw any.

Moved

Desoria sp.
Note that you have 2 different species in this photo series:
1-3 = Desoria sp.
4-7 = Metisotoma grandiceps (new for Bugguide)

 
Thanks Frans!
I wasn't sure what I had as they kept jumping and I kept shooting. It was all within about 1 square yard. I went back today and shot the same area and got a couple of different species...which I posted. Mind you it was earlier in the day and the temperature was warmer, still lots of snow and they were very active.

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