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Photo#252435
Swarm of larvae in a puddle

Swarm of larvae in a puddle
Newport Beach, Orange County, California, USA
January 24, 2009

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

Hypogastrura sp.
The blue ones. The white ones are possibly Proisotoma minuta.

Moved

springtails
What is the collective noun for springtails? Swarm? Cluster? Sproing?

 
Mass aggregation
is the term usually used to indicate a large cluster of springtails.

 
hmmm...
That certainly doesn't have the same panache as a crash of rhinoceroses or murder of crows. I vote for "sproing". If enough science folks start using it, it'd have to be accepted! Another possibility: a furcula of springtails. While not quite as catchy (or should I say kitschy) as "sproing", it would have the added advantage of educating folks about springtails more.

 
You have my vote!
Personally, I like "sproing" better... but "furcula" is definitely more educational. Thanks for the smile this morning!

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