Let’s have a little fun, a little learning and a little YIKES! today with the CHAN’S MEGASTICK:
Have you ever seen or heard of an insect that measures 22.3 inches in length?
Well, meet the Chan’s Megastick.
Discovered in 2008 in Borneo, the Chan’s Megastick beat its nearest competitor stick-insect, the Phobaeticus kirbyi (14 inches), by 8+ inches. Very little is known about the Chan’s Megastick, but its habitat is assumed to be rainforest canopies. It is named for entomologist Datuk Chan Chew Lun.
Insects are measured for length from the front of the head to the tip of the abdomen. The Chan’s Megastick measures 14 inches without its extended legs. YIKES!
The Chan’s Megastick is considered a stick-insect, sometimes called a walkingstick, because it resembles a stick. Stick-insects live among twigs, which give them a natural camouflage. They feed on leaves and avoid predators by pretending they’re twigs. Pretty clever. What’s a YIKES! is that some people like to keep stick-insects as pets.
The Chan’s Megastick is kept at the Natural History Museum in London and is described as a “Top 10 New Species.”
Introduce your kids and grandkids to the Chan’s Megastick. Talk about its great big length and how it has avoided being discovered until very recently. You may wish to research the Chan Megastick’s life cycle, too… discovering how the female Chan Megastick tosses its eggs. YIKES! It’s all very interesting…
Join me here each day for JUNE BUGS on 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! A little fun, a little learning and a little YIKES!