I thought I had examined them thoroughly. The lichens on twigs that I made into an arrangement in a vase. Nothing there but wood and lichen, or so I thought.
Looking at them again yesterday, I saw movement. Something running, something fast and curvy. I took many photos of the place where it had just been.
|Caught it! Blurry, but it's there. Long, prickly beastie.|
I gave up and went back to the planned operation; I sprayed the lichen down with de-chlorinated water. And the little runner stopped to take a drink. I even managed to get him under the microscope before he ran away again.
|Square head, short antennae, 6 legs on the first segments. The round ball is a droplet of water.|
|Nicely patterned tail segments, dragged along; no legs here.|
|And, drink finished, he's off and running again. I count 12 body segments, besides the head.|
I looked at a zillion larvae on BugGuide, and I think he's probably a rove beetle youngster. I've sent photos in to BugGuide; they will know.
Y ahora, BugGuide ha puesto las fotos en la categoría de los rafidiópteros.