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Giants of the Insect World

 

Longest body length

Phobaeticus chani, a stick insect (order Phasmatodea) that lives in Borneo may grow to 35.7 cm (14 inches) in length (not including its legs and antennae).

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Largest wingspan

The white witch moth, Thysania agrippina, has a wingspan of up to 36 cm (14 inches).  These moths live in the rainforests of South and Central America.

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Largest wing area

 

 

The Atlas moth of Asia (Attacus atlas), has a wingspan of about 25 cm (10 inches) and a total wing area of more than 400 square centimeters (65 sq. in.).

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Most massive insect

 

The goliath beetle (Goliathus giganteus) lives in the rainforests of the African Congo. A large female is about as big as your fist and may weigh more than 100 grams (1/4 pound).

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