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Spingless spingtails! - Neanura muscorum

Spingless spingtails! - Neanura muscorum
Windham, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
June 5, 2006
Size: around 2 - 3 mm
I found these under loose bark on a deciduous snag and thought at first they were sno*w fl*eas. However, they were slow moving and didn't spring as expected so I gathered some for you to see :-)

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Spingless spingtails! - Neanura muscorum Spingless spingtails! - Neanura muscorum Spingless spingtails! - Neanura muscorum

Neanura muscorum Family Neanuridae
Hi Jim. This is a springtail without a spring loaded tail... Indeed, as Chuck said, not all springtails have such a jumping device. So, the common name springtails is misleading. The scientific name Collembola is correct, however. All Collembola have a device, called the ventral tube or collophore, which was orginally believed to function as a device used by Collembola to glue themselves at surfaces they walk on. Coll-embola = glue-stick. But this is another story...
Neanura is a typical Collembola that lost its jumping organ in due time of its evolution. Ne-an-ura means new-without-tail. Most but not all springtails that lack a furca are organised in the family Neanuridae.

Super! All the way to species :-)
I'll have to re-label them "Yes Springtails" ;-)

Probably Springtails
Not all springtails have furculae, and some furculae are small and hard to see when retracted.

How can I get rid of springta
How can I get rid of springtails in a bathroom? I have cleaned and cleaned my two upstairs bathrooms and spray them with bleach. The springtails temporarily disappear and then come back, they can even survive being sprayed with bleach. Do I have to get an exterminator. Why are they in the second floor? Where can they be coming from?

Springtails have to eat.
They must be dining on your house. My guess is they are feeding and multiplying on moist, rotting wood. You may have leaking from your tub/shower, bathroom sink, or toilet. There could also be a problem with rain water getting into your wall around your bathroom window. IOW you may need the services of a carpenter to fix a problem far worse than springtails, which may be only a symptom of a rot problem.

they almost appear to be fire
they almost appear to be firefly larva, although fireflie young tend to have some blackish and orange striping.

They do a little,
but they most resemble snowf*leas that are lacking a furcula.

Thanks, Chuck.
I know next to nothing about sprin*gtails, although as I search for tinier and tinier be*etles I have occasion to observe them in ever greater number and variety. Let's see if anyone else has a comment before I do anything rash -- like move them :-)

I'm missing something here
What's the purpose of the * as in spr*ingtails and in sno*w fl*eas?

He uses those to keep the Search feature from finding those keywords. If someone were looking for those bugs, they wouldn't have to wade through extra images that aren't what they're looking for. I don't do it myself, because they detract from the readability and confuse people. Also, it makes my internal spell-checker twitch... :)

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