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'Mystery' stick insect discovered

4 September 2012

'Mystery' stick insect discovered

By Matt Walker Editor, BBC Nature

Conlephasma enigma: a stick insect unlike any other 

A mysterious new species of stick insect has been discovered living in the Philippines by scientists.

The stick insect is wingless, lives on the ground rather than in trees, and is spectacularly coloured, having a green-blue head and orange body.

The insect also vents a foul-smelling spray to deter predators.

The stick insect is so unique that scientists have given it its own genus and do not yet know its relationship to other stick and leaf insects. (...)

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