New insect in London

by Richard on July 15, 2008

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?

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Kim 07.15.08 at 10:15 am

“If a ‘new’ insect can turn up in London, it really should make us pause to reflect” - I’ll say! New York, Paris, Rome, sure - but London? The bug is either stupid or its antennae don’t work.

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Richard 07.15.08 at 10:46 am

To be fair, the little fellow looks more like a Londoner than he does a New Yorker

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Kim 07.15.08 at 11:20 am

Yeah, and look - he’s at Number Ten! Maybe he’s a new Minister? Like the “Minister of Do-Bug-ger All”?

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Bill Quickfoot 07.15.08 at 3:46 pm

Heck don’t scientist know anything about anything. I killed three of them yewsterday. It’s called a roach. LOL

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