Pseudoscorpion’s

Pseudoscorpion’s

A pseudoscorpion, also known as a false scorpion or book scorpion, is an arachnid belonging to the order Pseudoscorpiones, also known as Pseudoscorpionida or Chelonethida. Pseudoscorpions are generally beneficial to humans since they prey on clothes moth larvae, carpet beetle larvae, booklice, ants, mites, and small flies. They are tiny and inoffensive, and are rarely seen due to their size.

A pseudoscorpion, also known as a false scorpion or book scorpion, is an arachnid belonging to the order Pseudoscorpiones, also known as Pseudoscorpionida or Chelonethida. Pseudoscorpions are generally beneficial to humans since they prey on clothes moth larvae, carpet beetle larvae, booklice, ants, mites, and small flies. They are tiny, inoffensive, and rarely seen to their small size.
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This particular one was, along with another, found in my compost bin. I hasten to add, not by looking for it. If my memory serves me well, I was looking for beetles, anything I could see with my naked eye really. Anything I did find/see was scooped out, and along with the bit of compost it was on, and duly place on my sample tray. Shots were taken of whatever, often several hundred, the diversity found just on, and some 5 to ten millimetres under the surface had me in awe and even up to today I can still find microscopic wonders that I didn’t know existed, magical moments. Well this tiny little beauty was one of those moments, albeit not on the day. No, it was whilst carrying out the editing that I picked them out. I have though, on  several occasions since found this particular species in the bin and on 2 others a different species out in the field in a woodland habitat, under a piece of discarded tarpaulin.  There around 27 different species in the British Isles, including Eire. Having just a while back stumbled on this site Chelifer.Com, well worth checking out, and yes I will be sending my records to them.
Without meaning to be patronising, but there could be some folk that wont understand why these members of the Order Arachnida are called Pseudoscorpion. Well it is quite simple really, like they don’t have a tail. However they do have a sting, and no doubt with a microscope it can be found in/on their very scorpion type pincers. Now for an image or 2.
Lamprochernes
Lamprochernes cf nodosus
My Record Data
 Date: October 10, 2008. Order: Pseudoscorpiones. Recorder: Mick E. Talbot.
Determiner: Mick E. Talbot. Species: Lamprochernes cf nodosus. Gender: ?
Abundance: 2. Habitat: Garden compost bin. Location: Lincoln GB. Site: My Garden.
Grid Reference: SK95936859. Coment/s: National, and County recorders please use this record as and where you see fit.
Chelifer.Com – Well worth a read!
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Author: Mick Talbot

Besotted with nature in all its wondrous formats.

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