04 June 2012
Ok, I know this is yet another photo that doesn't come from my garden, but I have to share it anyway. I came across this giant walkingstick, Megaphasma dentricus, down at the greenbelt this weekend. It's giant! It's mega! What a fascinating creature.
The poor thing had lost one of its legs at some point, but perhaps that is a small price to pay for avoiding predation or whatever led to that. This species holds the record as the longest insect in the U.S. From head to tail, this one is about 6.5 inches. Like I said, mega.