I turned over a large stone in the garden the other day and a lot of small creatures ran for cover.
Most of them I recognised (beetles, small centipedes, woodlice, earwigs etc), but am puzzled by one creature. I Googled "Soil arthropods" but only found a couple of pictures that showed something similar. There was no ID given on the webpage.
The long whiteish beastie in the middle of this picture is very like it. Apparently an insect, as it has six legs, but what kind? There were a number of them under the stone. They ran very fast and showed no signs of jumping.
Can anyone helpl with ID?
It would be difficult to say without seeing but given that they are running very fast my suspects would be: young centipede, symphyta, beetle larva or diplura - in that order.
If you can get us an image I am sure we will be able to crack it on these ID Forums.
Thank you both, that's very helplful.
How I could ever manage to catch one of these things to photograph is another matter - they are so small (maybe 1 cm long, or less) and disappear in seconds! This pic of a young centipede is possible, but I'm almost certain there weren't many pairs of legs and that it was a wingless insect of some kind.
One of the diplura seems more likely - they have the right "look". The centipede picture below is of a very young-looking creature, but the creatures I saw had well defined dark brown areas, especially the head, a more robust appearance and almost certainly fewer and proportionately thinner legs.
Not sure about beetle larvae. Which ones might fit the bill? The head looked too small for tiger beetles