The first species to popout was a barklouse or psocid (Psocoptera). This group contains many small species that are associated with bark, dry plant material and so on. I won't go into too much detail here, but the specimen was about 1.5 - 2mm long, variably brown with yellow and brown markings on the head, and the wings held like a shallow roof over the abdomen. Helpfully (as these tiny creatures can be tricky), the forewings also had a pattern of spots that indicated the genus Ectopsocus. As it happens, this pattern is quite strongly diagnostic and as you can see below, the spots are at the end of the wing veins and extend along them so are about twice as long as wide. This provides an identification as E. petersi - an interesting find as it is probably under-recorded, having previously been placed in the 'E. briggsi' group of similar species. However, if any psocid specialists are aware of further taxonomic changes, please do let me know.
|Forewing of Ectopsocus petersi|
|Close-up of Entomobrya lanuginosa|
Hopkin, S.P. (2007). A Key to the Collembola (Springtails) of Britain and Ireland. FSC, Shrewsbury. The current standard work for UK species - excellent.
New, T.R. (2005). Psocids: Psocoptera (booklice and barklice) (2nd ed.). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 1(7): i-iv, 1-146. Also the current standard work for UK species - also excellent.