The world's longest insect

Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 06:34 pm
Scientists say stick bug is world's longest insect
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20081016/capt.0b38e8c2d06f421fb342e4a585b6b9ca.britain_very_long_bug_lon812.jpg?x=213&y=110&xc=1&yc=1&wc=409&hc=211&q=100&sig=ZgiChL9zK6ap66h9YWOcrA--A stick bug from the island of Borneo measuring well over a foot in length has been identified by researchers as the world's longest insect, British scientists said Thursday.

The specimen was found by a local villager and handed to Malaysian amateur naturalist Datuk Chan Chew Lun in 1989, according to Philip Bragg, who formally identified the insect in this month's issue of peer-reviewed journal Zootaxa. The insect was named Phobaeticus chani, or "Chan's megastick," in Chan's honor.

Looking like a pencil-thin shoot of bamboo, the dull-green insect measures about 22 inches, if its twig-like legs are counted. Its body length is 14 inches, beating the previous record held by Phobaeticus kirbyi, also from Borneo, by about an inch.
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 08:18 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:
[...] Its body length is 14 inches [...]

Just imagine the size of the flyswatter one would need to kill it!
Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 08:54 pm
There you go. Newly discovered species, and WHAP!

If we found a surving mastodon, someone from Michigan would pay the big bucks for a hunting permit.
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