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    Last night I was top watering my D. aliciae (just around the rim of the pot, not actually over the plants) and I noticed a few tiny insects come scurrying out of the soil mix and run back under cover as soon as the water level dropped. Maybe 3 or 4 tiny white bugs 1 to 1.5mm long. One of them had green stuff in its gut (translucent white body). I couldn't get a close look at 'em - I wear bifocals and getting a close look at anything means using a lens or taking off my glasses and getting in real close. They could have been termites but again I couldn't get a close look.

    Since the plants are in a terrarium I guess I'll try the flea collar method of pest control.

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    They are probably fungus gnats, pretty much harmless- they turn into fruit-fly like things that the plants will eat

    Supposedly they can eat seedling plants but I've never had that happen
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    Fungus Gnat larvae are apparently legless:


    The bugs I have scurry around as if they have legs and are maybe 2 - 3 times as long as wide
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    The adults also often scurry around the pot, they could also be springtails, which I think are also harmless. There's a bunch of 'em on my pings.

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    Springtails are cute

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (JustLikeAPill @ Nov. 30 2006,2:38)]Springtails are cute
    Springtails I think is what I gots! Thanks!


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    Oh Yeah! They Be Springtails!

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    Some fun stuff on Springtails

    The ones I have are similar to the ones in the group photo. From the above site:

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    Ed. Note: Before we could even respond to this photo, Jace sent the following proper I.D. from a website.

    (12/26/2003) Bugs: Discovered!
    I have scoured the internet for these bugs, and I believe I have identified them! Thanks to you and the Missouri State University Entomology Department, not only have I IDed the first insect, I found out that I have two different species living in my plants. The first one (that I kept sending pictures of) are Onychurius pseudofimetarius. These did not jump and moved slowly so as to be the only ones I could catch.


    Onychurius pseudofimetarius
    Onychiurus pseudofimetarius is eyeless, and has an unpigmented, translucent white body. The body shape is fusiform, or torpedo like, the antenna are not longer than the head, and there is no apparent furcula. It lacks spines on the tip of the abdomen, a feature which distinguishes this species from Onychiurus ramosus #362. (Family: Onychiruidae)
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