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An interesting little discovery was made by the rangers at Sutton Park recently:
For "bug" read mite instead (honestly...) - specifically, a peacock mite. Apparently the species is yet to be determined (someone at the Natural History Museum is working on it), but there are know examples of this group known in the Midlands before, so it's at least new to there. With a group as poorly known as these, it's entirely possible that it's new to the UK... or even just new.
So, the next time you're turning over cowpats on a sunny afternoon, and watching mites hitching a lift on the dung beetles, just think what new discoveries you might be a party to... now, of course, the only thing left is to work out how to identify the things. I'll leave that as an exercise for the student, and go back to bugs. :o)