Pseudoscorpions - the thwarted predator from the scene above - are symptomatic of how this miniature jungle is overlooked. They look amazingly similar to 'real' scorpions, complete with huge pincers, but lack a sting at the back end. Although they look far too exotic to be British, in fact we've got at least 27 species and many are quite widespread, particularly in moss, leaf litter, and under bark. I found this one - Chernes cimicoides - under the bark of a dead Eucalyptus around the corner from my house last weekend.
|Chernes cimicoides in its overwintering cell underneath bark|
|A pseudoscorpion on the antennae of a Black-headed Cardinal beetle (pic courtesy of Jo Cartmell)|