Don’t freak out, but an insect spanning over two feet long has been discovered and it’s apparently an expert at lurking around in disguise. A Chinese researcher had been searching for six years before finally finding one, but I doubt that will help you sleep more easily tonight.
The previous world record for longest six-legged critter was a 22.3 inch stick insect from Malaysia, according to Discovery News, yet the new species discovered in the Guanxi province of China measures in at 24.6 inches. Among the world’s known 807,625 species of insects this guy reigns supreme at over two feet long.
Scientist Zhao Li had set off on an expedition to find the fabled critter after hearing locals tell the tale of a bug over half a meter long roaming the area. After years of searching he finally found his prize. He states, “I was collecting insects on a 1,200-meter-tall (3,397-foot) mountain in Guangxi’s Liuzhou City on the night of Aug. 16, 2014, when a dark shadow appeared in the distance, which looked like a tree twig. As I went near, I was shocked to find the huge insect’s legs were as long as its body.”
The new species has been called Phryganistria chinensis Zhao in the scientist’s honor and there will be a paper published about the discovery soon.
Via Discovery News