Rothamsted Research Institute - Unknown bug found on eBay

August 28, 2008

A new insect species has been discovered on eBay by a researcher at the Rothamsted Research Institute. Richard Harrington acquired the fossilised insect, an aphid, for £20 from an eBay vendor in Lithuania. After examining the specimen, which is encased in amber approximately the size of a Smartie, he sent it to a world expert in Copenhagen who judged it to be an unknown species of the Mindarus genus, and named it Mindarus harringtoni after Dr Harrington.

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