Springtails even when its cold outside

I reset the pit trap this morning not expecting to see much because the high today was supposed to be about 43 degrees.  To my surprise, in only 7 hours I had hundreds of Springtails again.  I assumed that it would be cold enough outside to slow down these ectotherms.  The fact that I got so many could be either my own ignorance about low temperature limits for arthropods (any explanation that starts with my ignorance is generally correct) or maybe these things are blowing around in the wind?  It was very windy today and I have heard of crazier stuff – like aeroplankton.

Anyhow there was other stuff too… including this little critter that had 6 legs, long antennae and what looked like a bean sprout coming out of its lower abdomen.



About SubOptimist

I am an Associate Professor in the Science Department at Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston. I teach introductory biology courses at both the majors and non-majors level in addition to microbiology. Previous to that I spent 7 years as a postdoctoral researcher on different viruses. While I don't miss being on the "grant treadmill", I think better when I write and miss writing up data for papers and grants; this blog helps me with that a little. And sometimes my kids' insanely funny and cute antics need to be shared with the world. Any view expressed in this blog is that of me personally and not Georgia Perimeter College or the GPC Clarkston Science Department.
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