WHAT IS THE WORLDS LARGEST INSECT?
In order to answer the question of '...what is the worlds largest insect..?' you first have to decide how you are going to measure it. Most people would consider the largest insect to be the bulkiest and in this case the champion insect is the Acteaeom Beetle from South America. The male beetles can be 9cms long by 5cms wide by 4cms thick.
If you are looking at overall length, the longest insect in the world is the Stick-Insect known as Phobaeticus Chani - meaning 'Chan's megastick'.This insect is more than half a metre with legs outstretched – 55.6cm between the tips of its long spindly legs.
Unfortunately, no living examples of the creature have ever been seen, but they are thought to live in the tops of giant rain forest trees on the island of Borneo.
Surprisingly, scientists have only recently 'twigged' that the stick insect, which belongs to the Natural History Museum in London, is a new species. Not including its legs, Chan's Megastick measures 35.7cm, winning the insect world record for the longest body. It beats the previous title-holder, Phobaeticus kirbyi, from Borneo, by 2.9cm.
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World's Largest Insect
Photo care of http://pilt.delfi.ee/en/picture/9016501/ and http://trevligresa.wordpress.com/page/3/ %20and and http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/2010/december/stick-insect-makes-bbc-top-10-new-species-of-decade93170.html