Some weeks ago, I suddenly received a parcel with a book. First, I was surprised – but also a bit irritated, because I didn’t know who had sent it……
It was a surprise gift from my sister: a book about mosses, written by Robin Wall Kimmerer: “Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses” (the same author I have written about some time ago).
I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s a really interesting book. And it’s the perfect time of the year to look for and at mosses, because they are thriving in this kind of wet weather.
(No, this post is not about mosses….. (maybe another time) 😉 )
So, when I went for a walk I started looking for them and found some nice ones on an old dead tree. But when I started to make pictures of the sporophytes, I noticed this little insect crawling around.
You can imagine it was quite small – I could hardly see it. So it was good I had my macro lens on my camera…..
First, I thought it was a really small fly. But people on Flickr and Twitter told me it is some kind of barklouse. Someone suggested it could be an Ectopsocus species, maybe petersi. But who knows?
I have read somewhere that barklouse have segmented abdomen. I think you can see that on this picture (but maybe it’s too small ):
Here you can see it in action…..
I think it is beautiful, especially the wings!