Biologists have recently found a two feet long stick insect in a far off remote jungle in Vietnam.

Entomologists working for the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences have reported the finding of two new species and one subspecies of Phasmatodea – the scientific name for stick insects – discovered in the time of their expeditions in the country’s remote forests. It’s a giant insect that has entered record books – officially it’s the second-largest stick insect ever discovered. Phryganistria heusii yentuensis has a length of 32cm or 54cm with its legs spread – so looks more like a small branch than a stick.

two feet long stick insectTo date the largest specie is the stick insect found in Borneo which measures more than 56cm with its legs outstretched. Researchers found the record-breaking insect in the Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve, 150km northeast of the Vietnam capital Hanoi. They used a very basic method to capture the insects – beating trees with a pole until the insects fell to the ground.

stick insect speciesStick insects become very active at night, and are expert in mimicking the form of sticks and leaves – even executing a rocking motion like that of a stick blowing in the wind. The finding is deemed as a giant step towards documenting the various types located in Vietnam, where just 70 species have until now been recorded. Scientists who did the recent discovery managed to collect hundreds during their expeditions, which need to be named and categorised – providing an evidence that there are vast numbers yet to be discovered.

new insect speciesSoutheast Asia boasts of the greatest diversity of stick insects on the planet. Although herbivores that feed on leaves – they are subject to predation themselves that they fight employing many and diverse defence mechanisms. The mechanisms they use are: changing colours to suit their background like that of a chameleon, mimicking a branch in the wind by slowly swaying back and forth, or simply playing dead.

These stick insects have really long periods of copulation – some species have been known to remain paired for several months.

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