Do you recognize this bug? If you do, please give the entomologists at Britain’s Natural History Museum a call. Last March, it turned up in a garden at the museum. Now it’s to be found in other parts of London too. And they don’t know what it is. You can imagine that this is a source of some concern when you’re the world’s experts on insects. Having something unknown turn up in your own back garden is a bit embarassing I reckon.
There’s a serious point here, though. If a ‘new’ insect can turn up in London, it really should make us pause to reflect on how little we really understand about the world and its complexities. Who knows what ecological niche this little chap has been occupying, or indeed why he should suddenly have become so locally common?