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    Fleas!

    I have a P. medusina plant. It is growing new leaves and had grease. It also has what looks like fleas living in the pot. It is the only pot amongst the rack of pings displaying critters. How I discovered it was via top watering. I saw what looks just like the fleas I have seen on pets. They hop. I know what aphids look like and they're not aphids. I tried taking a picture but couldn't get one. I did the drowning thing. Anybody ever experience this?

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    Springtails maybe? They are just about in every single pot I have.

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    They are probably springtails, which are completely harmelss to you and your plant. They may even benefit by being an extra snack.

    Here is a picture of one. (However, they do tend to vary from what I've seen.)

    In my experience, they will just go away if you leave them alone.
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    Jim, bet you your pings will make short work of them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theyellowdart View Post
    They are probably springtails, which are completely harmelss to you and your plant. They may even benefit by being an extra snack.

    Here is a picture of one. (However, they do tend to vary from what I've seen.)

    In my experience, they will just go away if you leave them alone.
    IDK... they looked like my cat's fleas. They hopped.

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    Some springtails hop, that have a little lever thingy on their rear-end that gives them their name.

    Are they flat like fleas?
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    They seem to be flat like a flea, but I don't get long to see them before they hop away. I only see them when watering from the top and then they scatter. They don't seem to harming anything. I tried capturing them on the camera but wasn't fast enough.

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    Springtails for sure, Jim! They don't like the water much and they hop around like crazy when i water my plants....good adition since the plants feed on them and they don't seem to cause any problems.
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