Globular springtails

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.

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