CHAN’S MEGASTICK (Phobaeticus chani ) - ©mirrorimage-NL/iStockPhoto
- Phobaeticus chani or Chan’s megastick is a species of stick insect. It is the longest insect in the world, with one specimen held in the Natural History Museum in London measuring 567 millimetres (22.3 in).
- This measurement is however with the front legs fully extended. The body itself still measures an impressive 357 millimetres (14.1 in).
- Some species can produce a pungent-smelling defensive spray, but these bugs are mostly harmless and are often kept as pets.
- The body is often further modified to resemble vegetation, with ridges resembling leaf veins, bark-like tubercles, and other forms of camouflage.
- A few species, such as Carausius morosus, are even able to change their pigmentation to match their surroundings.
- Many species are wingless, or have reduced wings.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobaeticus_chani
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