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    Help me ID this pest

    Ok, looks like another phase in the never ending pest wars for me. It never ends - as soon as I think I've got the upper hand, I find a new bug. I just finished an epic battle with mites that lasted several months. Thought I'd enjoy a break, but nope. Today I see tons of these little things crawling around. Not actually on my plants, but in the basins below where my runoff goes and where I have some LFS for humidity. Like I said - tons of these things!

    At first glance, I thought they were yet more more mites. To the naked eye I couldn't discern even the legs. The biggest looked like the period at the end of this sentence. But, I got a couple macro shots and zoomed in, and this is what it revealed:






    I haven't seen this pest before. I'm guessing it's an aphid of some sort, but want some second opinions. So what do you think it is?

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    They look like springtails. They are harmless little insects that eat decomposing organic material.
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    Thank you for the fast response. Springtails... don't know anything bout them. Time to check out that link and do some research. So many of the little buggers in there!

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    Harmless, they eat the nasty stuff out of your soil.
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    Tonight I went in to dial up the humidifier in the growrack for the night, and noticed these critters all over my singalana. I was in there an hour earlier to check the temps and didn't notice them, so I'm not sure what made them come up. In my first post, I had said that I've only seen them in my water collecting trays below the plants, which I have some sphagnum in.

    So, here are the pics from tonight. They are the same critters as in the first post - springtails - they do like to jump- but what are they doing? Are we sure they aren't harmful? They weren't moving much. They'd move a little, then just stop for a couple minutes, then move a little again. First time I've seen them up on the neps.




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    Maby they are eating the nectar produced on the plant.

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    nectar produced by the plant, or bits of dirty and debris that get knocked up onto the plant when you water or mist them

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