Snow flea

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Related to snow fleas: Sand fleas, Springtails
(Zool.) a small black leaping poduran (Achorutes nivicola) often found in winter on the snow in vast numbers.

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Snow fleas (tiny insects that arent really fleas) and winter stoneflies survive through our winters and can sometimes be seen moving on top of snow banks.
These are adult snow fleas, a type of springtail which overwinters in the leaf litter at the base of trees and emerges on warmer winter days.
Canadian scientists from the Department of Biochemistry at Queens University, in Kingston, Ontario, discovered an antifreeze protein in snow fleas that may increase the shelf life of human organs for transplantation.
Researchers explain that not only will this protein preserve the organs longer but unlike the antifreeze proteins in beetles and moths, anti-freeze proteins in snow fleas break down and lose their structure at higher temperatures, meaning that if it used to store organs for transplants, they will be cleared from a person's system quickly, reducing the possibility of harmful antibodies forming that could cause a deadly infection.
Contrary to their name, snow fleas are not fleas but tiny insects that hop around like fleas, hence the name.
Welcome to the strange world of snow fleas and their relatives.
While snow fleas are springtails that are adapted to dwell in cold regions and may be observed frolicking in the snow, collembolans occur in virtually all habitats around the globe.
Snow fleas typically have an elongate body, short antennae, and well-developed eyes.
In 1927, during a particularly severe winter in the German Alps, zoologist Ernst Handschin witnessed a huge outbreak of the snow flea Hypogastrura longispina.
You may have heard of some other insects called snow fleas (see page 32).
Collembola, or snow fleas, hop about this nearly invisible zoo.