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JonathanTW
Kloof
South Africa

December 29, 2013
7:50 AM

Post #9736241

We keep finding these bugs in our pool and they often in damp areas around the garden.

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meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 29, 2013
7:56 AM

Post #9736245

Sorry can't help, now you have me interested to find out what it is.
Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

December 29, 2013
8:21 AM

Post #9736256

It's a type of crustacean known as an amphipod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphipoda). They primarily are aquatic, but some species can be found on very wet/saturated soil. When this occurs, they may be known as lawn shrimp or landhoppers (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/amphipods.htm).

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 29, 2013
8:53 AM

Post #9736263

flapdoodle I'm happy to see shrimp in the description as when I first looked at it, it reminded me of shrimp, but since Jonathan stated it was also in damp areas in the garden, I held my guess in check. We do have them here in FL so will be watching for these.

I've never seen one but this a most interesting find with excellent knowledge from you on this.

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