What sort of a micro-beast is this?

  Diemmess 14:12 PM 30 Sep 11
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Found this morning on top of my car which was put into a dry dusty garage overnight, all very dead! About 20 corpses were fairly evenly distributed over the roof with just one on the bonnet.

At a normal distance they appeared dull grey rather like dead woodlice. They are small and I wondered if they were small seeds with a feathering, but on looking closely I could see clusters of legs! I don't think this the woodworm beetle, but it might be some exotic cousin. The common woodworm it seems has hefty wing cases Have a look at - -

http://s1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd447/dms60/beetles/

The edge of a ruler close by is graduated 1mm spaces. I have selected pieces of wood stored under the roof but strangely, almost nothing above the car roof.

Can anyone identify this creature?

  Diemmess 14:38 PM 30 Sep 11
  Diemmess 14:43 PM 30 Sep 11

Oh Dear.... try this

  Mr Mistoffelees 14:52 PM 30 Sep 11

Have a look here: Natural History Museum, Entomology Department

There are forums there to which you can upload pictures for identification.

  lotvic 14:56 PM 30 Sep 11

Or the Direct Link http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/dd447/dms60/beetles/beetles.jpg

very strange looking beetle/insect

  Mr Mistoffelees 14:59 PM 30 Sep 11

A more useful NHM link: NHM Nature Plus

  Diemmess 17:56 PM 30 Sep 11

Thank you both for understanding and getting the commands right!.

lotvic - you showed how to use Photobucket.

Mr Mistoffelees - you gave me a potentially more successful website.

I won't tick this until if or when I receive some ideas from the Nat.History site, in which case I will add it to this thread for general interest. I wouldn't like to meet one of these scaled up by say x10

  octal 18:29 PM 30 Sep 11

They look like Hoverflies.

  wee eddie 20:16 PM 30 Sep 11

I thought that some kind of Cricket/Grasshopper was most likely

  cycoze 20:42 PM 30 Sep 11

I never would have thought of Water Boatmen either!

  Diemmess 20:52 PM 30 Sep 11
Answer

Had a reply on the Natural History Museum site and....... the answer quoted here

"They're water boatmen. Unfortunately, they're mistaking the reflections of your car roof for water and so they think they're diving in to a pond. The long flattened back legs are excellent for powerful swimming strokes."

I would never have come close with that answer, but finding facts to fit a theory... Close to sunset so a very low angle with sharp bright lights from certain angles, and a small garden pond 30 yds away.

The size of the little bodies compared to the length and strength of their legs would unfold to the normal pond skimming shape of little substance.

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