Stick insect dubbed Phryganistria chinensis Zhao

World’s longest bug, a new species of stick insect in southern China, is two feet long!

The new species of stick insect dubbed Phryganistria chinensis Zhao, has been declared the world’s longest bug, at 62.4 centimeters, extending the record previously belonged to Malaysian stick insect Phoebaeticus chani, by about 6 centimeters.



Above image credit Credit Xinhua

Zhao Li, of the Insect Museum of West China, He finally spotted the insect after 4 years of searching on a mountain in the Guangxi Zhuang region.

stick insect dubbed Phryganistria chinensis Zhao

Phryganistria chinensis Zhao, compared in size with other lesser insects.   Credit Xinhua



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