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By Gary
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Hi all. I was cleaning out some sundew water trays a couple of days ago and noticed some floating clumps of what I thought was dust. This morning the clumps are back and are actually tiny bugs (~1-2mm length) that tend to gather in small groups. If I stir them up they swim back into a group again. I never really noticed these critters before so they've likely been around for a while, and seem harmless. Has anyone seen anything similar and should I be concerned? Thanks for all advice!
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By ChefDean
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Could be spring tails. I've noticed that they tend to congregate together if they jump into the water, so they're likely harmless.
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By Gary
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They have tiny perpendicular legs that they use to dart around on the water surface, and they move really fast. Thanks, ChefDean!
By Bennettrand
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#450411
Those little bugs sound like they could be springtails, pretty common in moist environments like sundew trays. I had a similar freak-out once when I found them in my indoor plants. Turns out, they're harmless and actually help with decomposition.
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