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New Insect Species Discovered In Kosovo

Scientists say they have described a new species of aquatic insect from Kosovo.

The new caddisfly was discovered by an international research team led by Professor Halil Ibrahimi from the University of Pristina, Kosovo.

They published their finding in the scientific journal ZooKeys.

The authors said the new species, called Drusus sharrensis, is “micro-endemic of the Sharr Mountains, a main biodiversity hotspot in the Balkan Peninsula.”

Even though just discovered, they said, it may be threatened by illegal logging, water extraction from springs, expansion of touristic activities, and other anthropogenic factors, such as rock quarries operating in the Sharr Mountains.

Caddisflies are small mothlike insects with two pairs of hairy membranous wings. They have aquatic larvae.