There are also mature Scots Pine in this part of the wood and I sampled the trunks and under the bark. The predominant species was Entomobrya albocincta, present in good numbers. Lepidocyrtus lignorum and Hypogastrura sp. were also found. Of most interest was a single specimen of Anurophorus laricis, a species I have not recorded in VC55 previously, although it is regarded as a common arboreal species:
This is an interesting springtail - it doesn't have a spring (furcula)!
- "Dark blue" with 8+8 ocelli but these are difficult to see among the dense pigment on the head. Specimens need to be cleared to see the eyes.
- Does not possess a furca and there is no empodial appendage on the foot - important in distinguishing this species from other (rare) members of the genus.