People generally think of insects as small critters, but a specimen in China proves that this is not always the case.
Discovery News is reporting that authorities there are staking claim to the world’s longest insect, with a creature from the country’s southern region measuring in at 24.6 inches.
The previous record-holder from Malaysia was over 22-inches long.
According to The Verge, the newly discovered insect, which resembles a long stick, was discovered in 2014 by Zhao Li, a member of the Insect Museum of West China.
He told the Xinhua News Agency that locals had informed him about the huge insect, but it took him years to find it.
A paper about the insect is forthcoming.
Related: Check out some other world records:
- In this photo supplied by the Guinness World Records, Marco Frigatti, Head of Records for Guinness World Records, left, presents Israel Kristal a certificate for being the oldest living man, in Haifa, Israel, Friday, March 11, 2016. Guinness said in a statement that Kristal is 112 years and 178 days old as of March 11. Guinness said Kristal was born in 1903 to an Orthodox Jewish family near the town of Zarnow in Poland. However, Susannah Mushatt Jones, an American who is 115, is both the oldest living person and the oldest living woman. (Dvir Rosen/Guinness World Records via AP)
- A Harry Potter fan reacts after a live owl bites her, inside an exhibition of the Guinness World Record holding collection of Harry Potter memorabilia, at the Mexican Museum of Antique Toys, in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Mexico’s fan Menahem Asher Silva Vargas assembled the collection, which contains thousand objects, including figurines, wands, magazines, puzzles, and accessories. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)