This is the longest insect (but not the largest one in weight & volume: see Malaysian Walking Leaf), reaching a length of 24 cm (9.5 in)! Its tail had to be left out of the frame in the picture above, if any detail around its head and legs was to be shown. Males are shorter, reaching 17 cm. Found in Western Malaysia and Singapore. An earlier name for this species was: Pharnacia acanthopus.
This picture was taken at the Cincinnati Zoo, in May 2001.
Detail from the first picture showing head and 1st pair of legs.
Life on Earth