A stick insect in China has surpassed the length of his mother, who held the record before. According to a statement from the official Xinhua news agency, this insect ( phryganistria Chinese ) has been bred at the Western China Insect Museum (IMWC) in Chengdu (Sichuan).
Zhao Li, the head of the museum, found the insect’s mother during a field inspection in the Zhuang Autonomous Region of Guangxi in southern China in 2014. It reached 62.4 centimeters, beating the previous record. Zhao took her back to the IMWC and put six eggs, among them was born the one who now has the record.
Stick insects are found only in the Guangxi area, according to Zhao. They disguise themselves, mimicking their surroundings; branches or leaves of trees, which makes them difficult to find