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Snow flea

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Hypogastrura nivicola

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Description

These dark blue springtails are 1 to 2 mm long. They have short antennae and two clusters of 16 tiny eyes each. They have no wings, but can move about on their six legs and by using a fork-shaped appendage called the furcula, located beneath the abdomen.

Life cycle

Mating takes place in the spring, after the snow melts, since the females lay their eggs in the soil. The nymphs that emerge from the eggs resemble adults, only smaller.

Geographic distribution

They are found in the Nearctic zone, comprising North America and Greenland.

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