Summer is on the way and many families head to the beach. Make a special effort to seek out amphipods. They are rather interesting little creatures.
You can find amphipods such as this big-eyed beach flea on or in the sand. This picture was taken in Southern Maryland. They like to feed on decaying vegetation that washes up on the beach.
This amphipod is commonly called a beach flea. Don’t worry though, they don’t bite. They feed only on organic debris. If you get flea bites from a visit to the beach, you got them from common fleas (like the kind you have on your cat or dog). Common fleas can also be found on beaches.
Big-eyed Beach Flea Talorchestia megalophthalma
Have you ever come across any of these funny looking things with excellent hopping ability while at the beach?
More about amphipods:
About 7,000 species of amphipods have so far been described.
Amphipods are found in almost all aquatic environments.