World's 2nd-biggest insect is almost 2 feet long

January 2, 2015 4:00 PM

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Stick insects, which live in remote regions predominantly in southeastern Asia and tend to be most (which isn't to say very) active at night, not to mention well-camouflaged, are for obvious reasons difficult to discover.

In fact, in just the past few years, the number of known species has doubled to 70, reports Discover. But one recently-identified species—Phryganistria heusii yentuenis—is particularly striking: The females can reach 21 inches in length, making them the second-longest known insects on the planet aft...

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