Newly revealed world's longest insect is 2 feet long

Newly Revealed World's Longest Insect Is 2 Feet Long
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.

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