I live in Northern Ireland and found a really odd bug in my bathroom the other day. Sadly i didnt get a picture of it, but i'll give you a description and hopefully someone will know what it was...
it was about 1 - 1.5cm long, the body was less than 0.5cm wide, but it was about .075 - 1cm tall, it was very shiny black, the body was not segmented (ie no thorax & abdomen) with 4 legs grouped close together at the back, these 4 legs seemed to be squirming about and trying to make the thing jump but it was only getting about 0.5cm off the ground, if that high. it did not appear to have wings or wing cases.
It definitely wasn't:
a flea (though similar in body shape)
a common black beetle (i have never seen one before and i'm 43!!)
just about anything else easily found on the internet.
i hope you lot can help me cos i'm running out of patience and people are starting to think i'm missing something in the braincell department!!
discovered from the VERY nice Dr Roy Anderson (Natural History Museum) that it is probably a New Zealand Hopper. Like a sand hopper only lives in and on decaying leaves. introduced here accidentally about 40 years ago and spreading across UK and Ireland.
If anyone else sees one let him know as he is charting their spread across the country,