Newly revealed world's longest insect is 2 feet long

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Newly Revealed World's Longest Insect Is 2 Feet Long

People generally think of insects as small critters, but a specimen in China proves that this is not always the case.

Discovery News is reporting that authorities there are staking claim to the world's longest insect, with a creature from the country's southern region measuring in at 24.6 inches.

The previous record-holder from Malaysia was over 22-inches long.

According to The Verge, the newly discovered insect, which resembles a long stick, was discovered in 2014 by Zhao Li, a member of the Insect Museum of West China.

He told the Xinhua News Agency that locals had informed him about the huge insect, but it took him years to find it.

A paper about the insect is forthcoming.

Related: Check out some other world records:

Guinness world records
See Gallery
Newly revealed world's longest insect is 2 feet long
In this photo supplied by the Guinness World Records, Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for Guinness World Records, left, presents Israel Kristal a certificate for being the oldest living man, in Haifa, Israel, Friday, March 11, 2016. Guinness said in a statement that Kristal is 112 years and 178 days old as of March 11. Guinness said Kristal was born in 1903 to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland. However, Susannah Mushatt Jones, an American who is 115, is both the oldest living person and the oldest living woman. (Dvir Rosen/Guinness World Records via AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets holds his Guinness World Record plaque for being the oldest major league player to hit his first home run before the game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 17, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Bakers smear a record long baguette with Nutella at the Expo 2015 world's fair, in Rho, near Milan, Italy, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. A judge from Guinness World Records has certified a 122-meter -long (400-foot-long) baguette baked at the Milan Expo 2015 World's Fair as the longest in the world. The Italian maker of Nutella, Ferrero, backed the enterprise to beat the 111-meter record held by a French supermarket chain. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Tourists pose for photos in front of a sand castle built for a record attempt for the tallest sand castle, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, on Virginia Key Beach in Miami. The castle, which was commissioned by Turkish Airlines to highlight their new nonstop service from Miami to Istanbul, rises to a height of 45 ft. 10.25 in. The sand castle is set to beat out the current Guinness World Records title which stands at 41 ft. 3.67 in. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
An employee of an international money remittance company arranges coins in an attempt to set a new Guinness world record for the largest coin mosaic Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. After laboring for 25 hours and more than 500,000 pieces of coins, a new Guinness world record of 252.7 square meters was set Wednesday following an authentication made by Guinness World Record Judge Jack Brockbank. The previous record was set in the United States measuring 156 square meters. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE MELT - Kyler Clark of Georgia pays homage to THE MELT's GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Largest cheese sculpture on Sept. 18, 2015, in celebration of National Cheeseburger Day. The Melt partnered with renowned cheese sculptor Troy Landwehr to create the 1,524 pound, record-breaking sculpture, fittingly carved in the shape of a cheeseburger, complete with a pickle on top. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for The Melt/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KING WORLD ENTERTAINMENT - Hollywood actress Malin Akerman helps King Digital Entertainment set the Guinness World Record for the Worldâs Largest Hammock to celebrate the launch of its new game Paradise Bay on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Jersey City, N.J. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for King World Entertainment/AP Images)
Giant panda Jia Jia walks by her birthday cake made by ice and vegetables at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 as she celebrates her 37-year-old birthday. Jia Jia broke the Guinness World Records title for âOldest Panda Living in Captivity" on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Rolf Buchholz, 56, poses for a photograph during the annual Athens Tattoo Convention in Athens, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Buchholz, an information technology professional from Dortmund, Germany has 453 piercings and is the holder of a Guinness World Record. About 230 artists from Greece and abroad took part in the three-day event attracted thousands of visitors. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Filipino Kelvin James Medina eats a pizza as he attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to eat a 12-inch pizza in suburban Makati, south of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Medina and another Filipino were clocked both at 23 seconds and organizers would submit the feat to Guinness World Records for evaluation to make it official. The current record was set by Peter Czerwinski at 41.31 seconds in Burbank, California. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A Harry Potter fan reacts after a live owl bites her, inside an exhibition of the Guinness World Record holding collection of Harry Potter memorabilia, at the Mexican Museum of Antique Toys, in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Mexico's fan Menahem Asher Silva Vargas assembled the collection, which contains thousand objects, including figurines, wands, magazines, puzzles, and accessories. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
In this Dec. 17, 2014, photo, Bruce Rickerd, a guitarist in the show "Mystere," puts on makeup before a performance in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, a Guinness Book of World Records judge is expected to say Rickerd has broken the record from most theatrical performances by a male musician. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A general view shows participants playing the Monopoly board game in an attempt for the Guinness world record for most people playing a Monopoly game in a single venue at Universal Studios Resorts World at Sentosa in Singapore on March 19, 2016. Some 605 people participated in the record-breaking event on World Monopoly Day. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
MURMANSK REGION, RUSSIA. FEBRUARY 22, 2016. Russian racing driver Mikhail Aleshin driving a Formula 1 car on the frozen Lake Lovozero. Aleshin has set a Guinness World Record by driving a Formula One car at the top speed of 228 km/h on ice above the Arctic Circle. Lev Fedoseyev/TASS (Photo by Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 15, 2016 Guinness World Records adjudicator Christina Conlon presented a certificate to Steph Bigford, brand manager for Robin Hood on breaking the record for the largest cookie mosaic. Robin Hood Flour has broken the world record for largest cookie mosaic by laying out a 1440 sq ft world map comprised of 13,690 cookies total shortbread cookies highlighting the countries where WE Bake for Change has made a difference. The even was part of Family Day festivities at the Evergreen Brick Works. (Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - DECEMBER 19: Nepalese Uttam Moktan performs yoga to challenge the Guinness World Record of the longest yoga marathon in Kathmandu, Nepal on December 19, 2015. He performed various yoga positions for 50 hours and 15 minutes to break the record of Indian Yograj C.P. who kept the record of longest yoga marathon lasted for 40 hours and 15 minutes in Hong Kong on February 15, 2015. (Photo by SUNIL PRADHAN/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 30: Guiness World Records adjudictor Seyda Subasi-Gemici hands over the Guinness World Record certificate for scoring the fastest five goals in a football match to Robert Lewandowski during a press conference at Saebener Strasse training ground on November 30, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners