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large group of tiny reddish bugs - Ceratophysella

large group of tiny reddish bugs - Ceratophysella
Lakes Region County, New Hampshire, USA
March 13, 2011
Size: < millimeter
I found many groups of these tiny bugs floating in pools of just melted ice on my driveway. They seem to be continually jumping like a flea, yet stay in the groups. There are easily hundreds altogether. Our temps have been mostly in the 30's and low 40's, with below freezing at night and recent rain. There's still over a foot of snow on the ground. I've never seen these before - any ideas?

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Ceratophysella sp.
Indeed, Ken!

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Moved from ID Request.

Did a bit more looking...
Maybe something in/near Ceratophysella:


Springtails
They are among the most numerous creatures on earth, although most people aren't familiar with them. Some are known as "snow fleas," for their habit of appearing in great numbers on the snow. You can read more about Springtails here.

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springtails
I believe they are springtails of some kind.
They would look something like this:

and are common on snow and ice, water, etc. and jump.
I have no idea which kind, though.

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