It turned out that Val had remembered something about Colorado beetles from herchildhood, something whichI shall relate to you without further ado.
The adult beetle,A Colorado beetle,an unlikely visitor to these shores and no reason to inform the police
I remember thinking that in the unlikely event of it being a Colorado beetle,I couldn't see what the police could do
Eventually,after much prising and cutting, the tub was opened to reveal one very fed up cockchafer, and I explained to the lady that it wasn't a Colorado beetle,but a May bug - although she didn't seem too convinced,and I said that we should release it to let it continue its strange nightly business,after which I handed the obviously disappointed lady her margarine tub back.
I think at this point it would be expedient if I gave a brief description of the Colorado beetle - just in case - so to speak.
Many years ago, there was a big scare regarding the Colorado beetle which though I can remember only vaguely,I would guess to be during the late 1950s or early 1960s,but those of you who can remember so far back will also remember that when you paid a visit to your local post office, you would be reminded of the threat posed by these beetles in the form of a large poster displayed in a prominent position for all to see.