At over 2 feet, 4 inches long, this newly-discovered stick insect is the largest known one in the world. A researcher named Zhao Li found it by a mountain road in southern China. Xinhua quotes him:
"I was collecting insects on a 1,200-meter-tall mountain in Guangxi's Liuzhou City on the night of Aug. 16, 2014, when a dark shadow appeared in the distance, which looked like a tree twig," Zhao recalled. "As I went near, I was shocked to find the huge insect's legs were as long as its body."
Zhao took it back to his museum. There, it laid six eggs. The smallest of the hatchlings grew to over 10 inches long.