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Monday, May 23, 2016

The world's longest insect found in China

A half-meter long insect was found in southern China, has been named as the longest insect in the world, as reported by Xinhua this week. An insect with a 62.4 centimeters long was found two years ago in the province of Guangxi.

According to the Insect Museum of West China, the animals commonly called as the stick grasshoppers, now holds the record for the longest insect are among 807,625 insect species in the world.
A stick grasshopper. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aAVJJ)
The previous record for the longest insect in the world pinned on a stick grasshopper found in 2008 in Malaysia. Insects along the 56.7 cm, which is now on display at the National History Museum, London, England.

The longest stick grasshopper in China was found by Zhao Li, a local scientist. He was hunting insects for six years, after hearing the villagers story about the grasshopper as big as the human finger with a length of more than half a meter.
The file photo shows the world's longest insect (C) compared with other insects in size. The Insect Museum of West China in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, told Xinhua Thursday that a 62.4-cm-long stick insect found during a field inspection in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in 2014 has broken the record for length for all 807,625 insects discovered so far. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aAV89)
"I'm collecting insects in a mountain height of 1,200 meters in the city of Liuzhou, Guangxi on August 16, 2014, when a black shadow appeared in the distance. It is similar to tree branches," said Zhao.
The file photo shows the world's longest insect on the forearm of an adult. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aAV89)
"I approached it and was surprised, because the legs of a giant insect that even as long as the body of the animal itself," he added.

The stick grasshopper was then named Phryganistria chinensis Zhao, in honor of the inventor himself. A scientific review of the insects will also be published soon. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | XINHUA]
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