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Snow flea

Hypogastrura nivicola

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Size: 1/8 inch long

Description: Tiny black insects that can jump.

Where/When: Found during late winter and early spring on top of the snow, often in large numbers. They are commonly found near the base of trees.

Significance: They do not bite people, injure plants, or damage property.

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