Photo/IllutrationThe exceptionally rare wasp netted in Tsu (Provided by Toshiharu Mita)

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TSU--A wasp caught in a student's butterfly net here is only the second such specimen ever found after one in China 20 years ago.

According to an announcement on Dec. 12, it was netted during an event held at the Mie Prefectural Museum on Sept. 9 attended by enthusiasts bent on looking into insect species inhabiting the courtyard of the facility.

Museum officials described the find as a "great surprise."

The first neodryinus isoneurus was discovered in Yunnan province in 1997, and there had been no report of it existing elsewhere until now.

The latest specimen was trapped by Naomichi Tsuji, 22, a graduate student of systematic entomology at Kyushu University in Fukuoka.

Toshiharu Mita, a 35-year-old assistant professor of entomology at the university who specializes in taxonomy of wasps and bees, identified it as neodryinus isoneurus.

The discovery was introduced at a conference of the Japanese Society of Systematic Entomology on Dec. 9. A formal announcement is planned in an academic journal.

The wasp is about 5 millimeters long with forelegs shaped like sickles. It is not harmful to humans.

Museum officials said the wasp may have been in the prefecture but went unnoticed because little progress has been made in the field of taxonomy of wasps and bees.

The mounted specimen will go on display at the museum from Dec. 22 through Jan. 31.