okay seeing as you asked.....
it all started when the Flaming Katy (kalanchoë blossfeldiana ) on the kitchen windowsill mysteriously died. When I postmortemed the pot it was full of weevil grubs. I then became more conscious of weevils & their attempts to sneak into the house where my treasured coconuts, smuggled into the UK from the Maldives , were thriving in the sun lounge. No pests were crossing my threshold.
Not long after this period of heightened security, there was an article in the Yahoo science section about a bod from the NHM Entomology Dept. who'd discovered a rare Armadillo weevil (Otiorhynchus armadillo) in a shop window on his way to work. There was a piccy too & it was a dead ringer for the perps chez moi.
I emailed Max Bugman (strange how experts have names to suit their calling in life, according to Richard Fortey there was a worm expert at the NHM called Wrigley & Mr Fortey's predecessor was Dr. Phacops McPhee. A fisheries conservation officer was on the news last week called Mr. Pickerel ) to tell him I may have his beasties in me garden & he was more than excited as this would be the most northerly population of Otiorhynchus armadillo ever & he asked if I could furnish him a specimen (of weevil).
How could I refuse, fame & fortune beckoned but not a single, solitary weevil showed it's face until the following summer. When I finally captured a victim I emailed Max & told him of the imminent arrival of weevil 'A' secured in a 35mm film pot, you could tell that he was salivating like Uncle Steve O'Shea wielding his cut-throat by a sperm whale.
The days passed & eventually a judgement arrived in my Inbox, weevil 'A' was just a common vine weevil. I've never got over it & had to leave the country !
what happened to your millipede then Phileas ? was it a stick ?
I keep trying to encourage the other local collectors to join in the fun and see if they have any new beasties (notably that wing with colour banding thats on Hans Steurs palaeobotany pages) but no news yet. Unfortunately I didn't write the paper so we'll have to wait until I dig up something else before I can unleash a Tennyensis onto the world. I still like the name it ended up with!
Haven't had many Yorkshire coast trips this year - other things keep getting in the way - and my only really decent find was that good semicelatum from Hawsker shown on an earlier thread. I see from other forums you've had some successes though. Perhaps we could meet up again if your over again next year?