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Jul 25, 2014 12:30 PM

soil insect?

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?

 

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    Jul 25, 2014 1:23 PM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: soil insect?

    Hi,

     

    It looks to me like it may be one of the two-tailed bristletails, order Diplura. There are several species in the UK - I can't narrow it down more than that.

    Hope that helps a bit.

     

    Chris

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    Jul 25, 2014 2:31 PM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: soil insect?

    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.

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