Rare insect species found in Mt. Seorak
Often known as a living fossil, the Galloisiana (Galloisiana sp.), is still more living than fossil as one of the few species that have been around since the last Ice Age.
This extremely rare insect was found in Mt. Seorak, Gangwon Province, again drawing the attention of the entomological community, following prior discoveries made in nearby Mt. Odae.
Galloisiana have changed their preferred habitat very little from the last Ice Age -- living in high grounds, snowy fields, cold swamps, and other dark and damp environments. A total of 28 species have been found worldwide, with six of them discovered in the Korean Peninsula.
These insects are so sensitive to temperature that they can die simply from contact with human skin due to the body heat.
International scientists continue their effort to list the Galloisiana as an endangered species.