6859. This photo was taken last June on a wild strawberry flower, however I have just found some more of the same insect on dandelions. I was wondering what kind of insect it is and whether or not I should be concerned or need to take any kind of action. Cantley, QC. Canada
Number 6859. These are globular springtails (Collembola: Sminthuridae); they feed primarily on decaying plant matter, fungal spores, and algae. One European species, known as the lucerne flea, is a pest on alfalfa. Click here for an example.