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New Species of Stick Insect is Second Largest in the World
This new species of stick insect discovered in Vietnam is almost two feet long, making it the second largest insect in the world.
Entomologist Joachim Bresseel is pictured above holding a female Phryganistria heusii yentuensis, a giant new species of stick insect discovered in Vietnam during a study by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. At 21 inches long, it is the second largest insect on Earth.
The purpose of the study was to learn more about the unique bugs, whose camouflage and remote habitats make them difficult to locate.
The longest insect in the world is Phobaeticus chani, or Chan’s Megastick, from the island of Borneo. It measures in at 22.3 inches.