Subject: Giant walking stick-huge female I believe
Location: New Braunfels, Texas
July 16, 2013 6:20 pm
Hi bugman, I thought you might like these photos of a very large giant walking stick I encountered a few weeks ago. She was easily probably 7 inches or so long without the front legs stretched out. She was quite tame and did not seem to mind having her picture taken. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoy your website!
Thank you for sending us your images of a Giant Walkingstick, Megaphasma denticrus, which according to BugGuide, is the: “Longest North American insect, females to 180 mm (7 inches). Helfer (1962)(1) gives range of 76-150 mm. Per study conducted by Maginnis et al. (2008), females ranged from 105-135 mm and males ranged from 90-125 mm.” The person is great to give our readers an idea of the scale of a Giant Walkingstick.
Thank you so much for posting my photos. The person is me by the way. I forgot to mention that in the original message.