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Tiny orange dot on my phone

Tiny orange dot on my phone
Amethyst Brook Conservation Area vicinity , Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
June 4, 2020
I was using my smartphone to identify a flower blooming on our lawn via the iNaturalist app (the flower turned out to be Potentilla recta). When I stood up, I saw a tiny orange dot on my phone's black case. So I took my *real* camera out and photographed the tiny dot at top magnification, and discovered that it was a globular springtail! Species is probably impossible from this photo, maybe even genus, but iNat tells me that this is probably the right family.... (I have a few other decent photos but I think this is the best of the lot)

Bourletiellidae
Well done, Joshua!

 
Always happy...
Thanks Frans! I appreciate the confirmation. Every time that I see a globular springtails, which is virtually always by accident rather than design, it always makes me wish that I could spend more time searching through water and soil samples trying to find more of them. I know that the funnel is the most efficient way to collect them, but seeing them alive is way more entertaining than pickled....

 
Also with the funnel you can collect them alive
Just don't use ethanol but water in the collection cannister. And check it daily to save them from drowning... If you do not have time to check it on daily basis, use wet cleaning paper.
Good hunting! ;-)

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