Could these bugs be falling with the rain – they are always there after rain fills containers like fine grey ash on the surface.
Or could they be some insect life stage quickly appearing in rainwater ?
They are very alive – legs working well.
I have tried Google – but got no leads.
They are the larvel stage of pod people.
I’d suggest asking Alex Wild here: http://myrmecos.net
He’s spent a lot of time in Australia so may well be familiar with the critters.
BTW add his site to your RSS feed – some outstanding macro photography.
PS: aren’t those cheapo USB microscopes neat? The kids love being able to save pics of what they are viewing. Try taking pics of your iris up close – you’ll be amazed.
They look like freaking head lice to me.
Sending a great big HELLO to those of you with school aged children
They are springtails, a primitive kind of insect and totally harmless. They live in the soil in big numbers, and get washed to the surface when it rains a lot.
What are those black caterpillar type things that form a coil when touched? About 25 mm long.
Newly hatched bogans. You should kill them before they change form and increase demand for public housing.
PorkHunt, they’re millipedes. They often come out after rain in Autumn.
I have written previously about the Great Millipede Plague the first year I lived in this house. It was like a horror movie – the front of the house was swarming with hundreds them, and they came inside through every nook and cranny.
Fortunately, they are strictly vegetarian.
It looks like one of the fat ones has invented the lasso and is catching the smaller ones.
A really interesting picture.
They are Young Liberals at their mature stage.
Are you in favour of Light Rail for Canberra?