|The base of a mossy beech tree.|
|Rot-hole with fungus and tuft of hair|
|The inside of the rot-hole; at the base of the fungus, a layer of moss-and-hair bedding.|
|Several Ceratophysella bengtssoni from the nest sample|
|The shed skin of an oribatid soil mite|
Another species, common if often over-looked, and mainly found under bark or logs in woodland is the spotted snake millipede Blaniulus guttulatus. It is often considred a pest (e.g. in allotments) but probably only enters crops when damage has already occurred, such as by a 'primary' pest or some other mechanical means. They grow to around 20mm in length and are white with rows of red spots along the sides. The specimen I found however was a juvenile no more than about 3mm long (with few segments/spots), and the first early stage I've seen of this species.
|Juvenile Blaniulus guttulatus|
Hopkin, S.P. (2007). A Key to the Collembola (Springtails) of Britain and Ireland. FSC, Shrewsbury.