Snow Scorpionfly

Snow Scorpionfly

Snow Scorpionfly
Photo: John Bingham

Our understanding of the relationship of the Siphonaptera (fleas) to other insect groups has recently changed due to the availability of DNA data. The closest relatives of fleas appear to be the Snow Scorpionflies of the family, Boreidae. These tiny wingless insects live among the moss and move by jumping. They are active in the winter months where they can be see jumping on the snow. The larvae feed on moss. Adults are predatory on other tiny insects. They prefer colder climates and are found at high elevations or northern latitudes. They can be found as far south as Virginia. Some refer to them as “Snow fleas” which is confusing. Snow flea in the US refers to springtails that are active jumping on snow in the winter.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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