A population of the Gallic walking branch (Clonopsis gallica) has been discovered in the Netherlands, reports EIS Knowledge Center Friday in Nature Today . This species actually only occurs in the center and west of France.

How the insect ended up in the Netherlands is unknown. The "surprising" arrival is currently considered a natural phenomenon by the knowledge center for insects and other invertebrates.

Possibly eggs from the Gallic walking branch were brought to the Netherlands by insect-eating migratory birds, which have a larger habitat due to climate change. If the birds hatch the eggs, a part can still hatch.

There is also a chance that the Gallic walking branch, which is also kept as a pet, has been released or escaped. Another scenario is that eggs have been taken with the import of plants. Because the Gallic walking branch reproduces asexually, one specimen can independently create an entire population.

Where the population was found in the Netherlands was not disclosed. According to the knowledge center, this is "a nature area that resembles habitats elsewhere in Europe". The site managers are looking at how the Gallic walking branch can be protected.