Story: New Zealand species overseas

Stick insect in Britain

Stick insect in Britain

Three species of New Zealand stick insect survive in the wild in south-west England. This species, Acanthoxyla inermis, has the distinction of being the longest insect to be found outdoors in Great Britain. In England it feeds on a number of plants, especially roses and brambles.

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Ross Galbreath, 'New Zealand species overseas - Pets and pests abroad', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2020)

Story by Ross Galbreath, published 24 Sep 2007