World’s longest stick bug from Borneo

Make like a stick and leave me alone, says the stick bug.

LONDON – A stick bug, Phobaeticus chani, from the island of Borneo measuring well over a foot in length has been identified by researchers as the world’s longest insect.
The specimen was found by a local villager and handed to Malaysian amateur naturalist Datuk Chan Chew Lun in 1989, according to Philip Bragg, who formally identified the insect in this month’s issue of peer-reviewed journal Zootaxa. The insect was named Phobaeticus chani, or “Chan’s megastick,” in Chan’s honor.

Looking like a pencil-thin shoot of bamboo, the dull-green insect measures about 22 inches, if its twig-like legs are counted. Its body length is 14 inches. Stick bugs have some of the animal kingdom’s cleverest camouflage. Some use noxious sprays or prickly spines to deter their predators, generally the bugs assume the shape of sticks and leaves to avoid drawing attention.
excerpted from RAPHAEL G. SATTER, A P    Oct 17, 2008

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