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Swarm of larvae in a puddle

Swarm of larvae in a puddle
Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA
January 24, 2009
It was in the depression, filled with water, left by the 4 wheel drive vehicle that the county uses. The individual 'bugs' were clustered in a circular area about the size of a quarter and individuals were darting out of the group and back into very rapidly.

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Swarm of larvae in a puddle Swarm of larvae in a puddle

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Springtails
These look like what we call "snowfleas." We typically see them in small puddles in our gravel driveway as the packed snow melts.

Looks a bit like

but I'd have to leave any ID to an expert.

 
I agree
They do look like snow fleas, which are in the family hypogastruridae, but they could be poduridae too which tend to be aquatic. I can't really see the pic well enough to be sure.

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