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Following the latest government announcement concerning the current Covid-19 pandemic the Society headquarters at Mansion House has now closed.

Where possible emails will be monitored, any urgent enquiries should be forwarded to

Membership applications will be put on hold until further notice.

Our "identify that insect" service will continue, but our Director of Science cannot accept any physical samples to inspect during this time.

Our Librarian will not have access to our collections from home, but will be happy to try and locate references available to download from the internet.

All events and meetings have been cancelled until further notice

We hope that everyone stays well and we hope that normal business can resume soon for everyone, thank you for your understanding during this difficult time that the world finds itself in.

Kirsty Whiteford - Registrar

Heelwalkers (Mantophasmatodea)

These small predatory insects are the most recently discovered insect order, recognised only in 2001. Fewer than 20 species are known, all in southern and east Africa. Because they hold the distal ends of their tarsi off the ground when walking they have been dubbed heelwalkers; their phylogenetic relationships are not yet clear though they have strong links with the order Grylloblattaria, and some authors place the two groups together in the Notoptera.

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