The first new order of insects to be discovered in more than 80 years has emerged from the mountains of Namibia. The order’s first official members are two creatures about 2 cm long that look a bit like a cross between a cricket and a stick insect.



The group, called Mantophasmatodea, joins the other 30 or so insect orders such as beetles, flies and termites. “If it was in mammals it’d be like discovering bats,” says Dick Vane-Wright, head of entomology at London’s Natural History Museum.

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