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PostFri Dec 18, 2020 12:21 pm 
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Seen yesterday at Grand Ridge. I kept going by these puddles with leopard spots and finally stopped to check one out. The spots are wriggling clumps of insects. Seen in an area that had a fair number of deciduous trees (maples?).

Are these newly hatched from eggs? Are they adults and mating? What are they?

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PostFri Dec 18, 2020 12:23 pm 
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Snow fleas?
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PostFri Dec 18, 2020 12:37 pm 
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Snow fleas?

Could be. *does very quick deep dive*

Kind of matches this video.

Here's a short video talking about their life on snow.

They're not really fleas, they're springtails. Snow fleas eat algae on top of snow and have a compound in their blood that allows them to operate at freezing temperatures. That protein is being studied for use in organ transplants and.. ice cream.

Hmm. Maybe these are a snow flea relative? Some springtails are leaf composters.
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