Nice catch, Ket! :) I happen to like stick insects quite a bit, although I don't have any as pets (yet
, anyway). I only wish that Dr. Bragg hadn't waited almost twenty
years to formally identify the little bugger! It's possible that some Elliquiy members hadn't even been conceived
when this "local villager" handed the specimen over...
Actually, I do wish, too, that the article had detailed two points:
1) This fellow might indeed be the longest
extant insect, but he's not the most massive
extant insect, which could be the Goliath beetle
, the giant weta
, or something undiscovered;
2) He might be the longest extant
insect, but he's far from the longest insect known
; the extinct arthropleurids
could grow up to two freakin' meters
I did really enjoy this line from the article:"Their main defense is basically hanging around, looking like a twig," Brock said. "It will even sway in the wind."
It appears as though stick insects and I have something in common!
Once again, Ket: Nice catch! :)