Help identifying soil insect

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Are these bugs likely harmful to my plant?

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  1. S povi

    S povi New Member

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    Hello,

    I recently discovered these tiny mites/insects in my indoor potted Meyer lemon tree. They are very fast moving and there are ALOT of them. This plant has been struggling on/off for the past few months, are these beneficial mites or root aphids or something else? Should I be concerned? If so, any recommended treatment?

    They are so small it is hard to capture them on camera, but they are very small, maybe the size of a poppy seed or slightly larger. They are fast-moving and do not have wings. Relatively long antennae but I cannot tell if there are 6 or 8 legs. Please see the following video for better visualization.



    This plant has a lot of sentimental value so I am not willing to part with it easily.

    I appreciate any help available!
     

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  2. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Perhaps you can capture one using a piece of transparent tape. You can then have a closer look at it and count the number of legs and such. Also, is your tree showing any signs of stress or damage?
     
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  4. S povi

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    Thank you for your reply! The tape was a good suggestion! I can see now that they have 6 legs, here is a picture of a few of them with a penny for scale. Any thoughts?

    My tree recently dropped a lot of leaves with some small black/grey spots on the underside (~3 weeks ago). The spots were not mold and could not be wiped off. I frequently check the tree for scale and leaf insects and I haven't observed any for the past few months. It is now in full bloom. Thanks again for your help!
     

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    Thank you for your suggestion! I have had springtails in other plants in the past and these bugs don't have the same jumping-like activity. They also seem to be more brown and stubbier than the springtails I had before, do you think they are likely still springtails?

    Thanks again!
     
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    A quote from Springtail Resource Page
     
  7. Junglekeeper

    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    What is that tan colored material on top of the soil in the photo? Is is fungal? It looks like small piles of sawdust.
     

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