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Can springtails bite?

A few times I have felt a biting sensation on my leg and looked down to find a springtail. They look like Deuterosminthurus springtails. Is there any evidence to suggest that they are capable of biting?

Thrips? They do bite, although they don't really look like the springtails you mentioned.

Other possibilities
Did the bites itch or hurt? Pain or pricks from biting arthropods are generally immediate, and you can more reliably know the time that you were being bitten. Itch is not so reliable, as the sensation of itch may begin minutes, hours, or days after the bite. If it was a painful sensation, then this is probably a “spurious association” meaning that the sensations are coincidentally over-lapping with the appearance of springtails. This could be due to your location. For example, if you are sprawled out on the ground surrounded by flowers, trying to get a good picture of an Ectobius cockroach, you may acquire both harmless springtails and the bites of thrips. If you were in the woods near a stream, hoping to photograph a Parcoblatta cockroach, you may be bitten by ceratopogonids that fly away, leaving the springtails there to take the blame. If you were pushing aside some vegetation to look for American cockroaches near a sewer entrance, you may have brushed up against a venomous caterpillar while incidentally also contacting springtails. If these are painful bites, it really depends on what type of cockroach you were going after! If they were itchy, and not painful, then the question becomes much trickier to answer.

When these springtail inciden
When these springtail incidents happen i am just sitting on the ground, usually in turfgrass. I feel the pain first and then see the springtail, and there is no physical evidence of a bite. Maybe I'm hypersensitive, I don't know. I can feel when aphids are crawling on me!

Maybe something else?
There are mites that bite. They have the same round body shape, but the body isn't divided up the way springtails' and insects' bodies are. There might also be some other tiny insects I'm not familiar with.

Another possibility is that you're sensitive to whatever they are, and the prickling sensation of your skin's reaction feels like a bite.

Not that I know of, anyway.

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