Jan 31, 2008

World's Longest Insect

I want to offer my thanks to Laura for pointing me in the direction of the world's longest insect. This is a distinction I had not thought to research. But now, that defficiency has been remedied.

Check out Phobaeticus serratipes (formerly known as Pharnacia serratipes) . These walking sticks are denizens of Malaysia. And as you can see, they have earned their title. This particular specimen is a 17 inch female. They like to dine on bramble, oak, and Photinia. They are winged, though they can't fly.

That's got to be frustrating: being given useless wings. Such a cruel taunt.

BTW, check out the links below. There are some really cool photos and great info and supplies (and pets) for petkeepers.


Anonymous said...

I can't believe that no one has responded to this post! That bug is really really cool! : )

Sherry sofn

Anonymous said...

HOly...that thing is huge!!! That's awesome!!!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Wow that's the biggest "stick bug" ever! How neat!