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On August 10, 2017, the Daily Mail of the United Kingdom, with the title "Chinese museum claims to have bred the world's largest insect... and it's as long as YOUR ARM", covered the news of the world's longest insect being bred in the Insect Museum of West China. The news soon attracted worldwide attention, and a large number of international media reported it in detail. On September 16, the Museum received a certificate from Guinness World Records, which means that this species has been officially recognized as the longest individual among 807 625 insect species (the latest data on September 28, 2015) that have been discovered by human beings in the world. This new insect species belongs to the order Bambusoideae. In August 2014, our museum discovered the first female individual in the mountainous area of Guangxi Province, China, which is 62 cm long, and brought it back to the museum for artificial rearing. Is longest offspring reaches 64 cm, which is 7.3 cm longer than Phobaeticus Chani, the former world's longest insect colleced at the Natural History Museum in London. There are more than 3000 species of stick insects belonging to more than 300 genera and 5 families in the world, among which more than 300 species from 4 families have been found in China. Most of them are long, with knots in the middle and three pairs of slender feet similar to bamboo branches. Southeast Asia has the richest stick insect species in the world, many of which are large, exaggerated, peculiar in color and of high ornamental value. They are the target of insect enthusiasts and collectors. This Phryganistria chinensis has undoubtedly become one of the heavyweight collections of the Insect Museum of West China as it is not only the longest insect species in the world, but also the longest individual.

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  • Title: Phryganistria chinensis
  • Type: specimen

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