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Old Apr 18, 2016, 8:35 AM   #1
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Once thought of as an insect but no longer, they are an entity unto themselves the Collembola or more commonly known as springtails. We all have probably eaten our fair share of them. Meiji EMZ-13TR/Sony DSC-W5 1/25 sec. @ f/2.8 ISO 100
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Old Apr 18, 2016, 2:48 PM   #2
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Great shot, and it led to me discovering this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypogastrura_nivicola
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I have heard reference to snow fleas but have never seen any of them, or at least not any that I know of. However, with the exception of color, snow fleas are almost morphologically equal to the one that I have shown here, Isotoma viridis, which is yellow and not blue like the one you have referenced in your Wiki link. Great comparison though, and glad to see that you took the ball and ran with it. Thanks Conor
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I have heard reference to snow fleas but have never seen any of them, or at least not any that I know of. However, with the exception of color, snow fleas are almost morphologically equal to the one that I have shown here, Isotoma viridis, which is yellow and not blue like the one you have referenced in your Wiki link. Great comparison though, and glad to see that you took the ball and ran with it. Thanks Conor
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Conor wrote:

"Sometimes the best part about a photograph is the story it tells, and the discussion that follows! =)"

Exactly! The reason I like to add something to a post, some text to get the viewer involved in what I have presented and to get them to ask questions, even to do a little light research on their own and contribute to the post, as you have done here.
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Gee if it looks like a bug and tastes like a bug then it must be a bug. So if its not then what is it classified as?

Well I just looked up Connors link and it was clear as mud. Except it would be nice if scientists could develop the glycine rich protein so people could be frozen without tissue damage.

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Gee if it looks like a bug and tastes like a bug then it must be a bug. So if its not then what is it classified as?

Well I just looked up Connors link and it was clear as mud. Except it would be nice if scientists could develop the glycine rich protein so people could be frozen without tissue damage.
To my understanding it is now one of the four groups within the Hexapoda. Taxonomy is really not one of my strong points, though it is something that maybe I should practice, which of course would mean a crash course in Latin.

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