Eighty-five new types of wasp among more than 351 species identified in 2022

Also discovered was a frog that grows to just eight millimetres in length

Mustafa Javid Qadri
Friday 30 December 2022 21:44 GMT
A macro of a small nest of wasp
A macro of a small nest of wasp (Getty Images)

Eighty-five new types of wasps are among 351 new species discovered by scientists from the Natural History Museum in the past year.

As most animals on Earth are invertebrates - animals without a backbone - the researchers said it was not surprising that the majority of new species identified this year fall into the wasp category.

The discoveries included some 84 species of beetle, 34 species of moths, 23 species of moss animals - also known as bryozoans - and 13 species of trematode worms.

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