So I brought in an old cone from a big cone pine tree, and shook it out to see what it was hiding. One small milliipede, two miniscule earthworms, three infant slugs, four mini pill bugs; those were the bigger critters snuggled cosily under the scales.
Then there were the really teeny-tinies, starting with the snails at 2 millimetres long (Yes! I found some!), and going down from there.
|"Hmm ... What's down there, I wonder?"|
|"I'll just slither down and see."|
|Pair of beetle mites*, about 1 mm. long, covered with bristles and droplets of water.|
|Mite, dried off, the bristles barely visible. He has a passenger, at the tail end.|
|Springtail, about as long as a mite, but a lot skinnier. And bouncier.|
|A different springtail, also about 1 mm. long.|
|And half their length, a variegated globular springtail. Extremely boingy.|
*Thank you, Christopher!