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New species of wasp discovered


Professor Donald Quicke, the leading wasp expert at the Natural History Museum, has discovered 178 new species of wasp in Thailand, the result of collecting in many different habitats over the past few years.

Prof Quicke told the Today programme that, although they may be a nuisance at a picnic, wasps are "very important from an ecological point of view" because they "kill a large number of pests and insects".

Mr Quicke added that he expects there are more than a million more new wasp species to be discovered around the world.

To see these new species, you can visit Science Uncovered at the Natural History Museum on Friday 28 September from 4pm - 11pm.

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