Old Bug, New Types

Description and Advantages

Political unrest in Congo has kept the rich insect biodiversity in its rain forests largely undiscovered. Researchers have now found 41 new types of leaf-mining moths in the region, bringing the number of identified species of these moths to 66.

The study could have significant agro-economic importance as these moths are found across the globe and while some species are agricultural pests, others help kill weeds and delay plant aging.


Down To Earth, January 2013