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White larvae /bugs in water from orchid pot

Hello,
I have 2 orchids for 2 years now and they are doing awesome.
I just bought a 3rd one at the albert heijn, a supermarket in holland.
And now i discovered that in the water dripping from the pot. The water had been standing under the orchid for a few days and i assume the bugs too. there are loads of tiny white bugs or larvae. I made a few macro photos of them. I hope someone can tell me what they are, what they might become and what i can do about it and if my other orchids are at risk.

The move slowly and jerky in the water but every now and then i see them jumping positions really quickly, kinda like fleas or something.

And if i am better off taking my new orchid back to the supermarket or if i can keep it and treat it.

This new orchid has moss or sphag in the pot unlike my other orchids who just have woodchips in it. Could the moss be a breeding ground for the pest and am i better off taking it out?

My other orchids flourish and they dont have any moss in the pot. I soak them about once a week or whenever they get too dry in the water for a few hours with a tiny bit of orchid fertilizer.


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I can't help you with this but let me just say that is Creepy! I would say treat it but there are experts on there that can tell you what you need to do.
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I just saw that one of my other orchids have it too!
Possibly they all have em!
Yeah scary lil buggers they are!
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I found out what they are...
Springtails! In another topic in this forumpart someone had what described how they acted and i googled it and they look exactly the same.
Could be that my other orchids had them, or the potting mix from the supermarket had them, no way to tell really.
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how about mosquito larvae?
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Think I'm with digi on this one mosquito larvae is fairly likely considering the conditions which you explained...
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Regaurdless of what they are, you took some amazing photos of them!
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Mosquito larvae and pupae are legless until they emerge as adults. I agree with the first suggestion that they are springtails. I believe most feed on fungal spores and other microbes.
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I'm not sure but I was thinking dragonfly larvae a they do have legs and defined eyes in stages in ponds which I have seen first hand but much bigger than what you have currently. So I don't know exactly what they are.
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Springtails jump around, especially after being watered. They look like tiny white threads, and usually thrive in decaying medium. Soapy water applied several times a few days apart should take care of them. Once you know they've been eradicated, change the medium.
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