World's Largest Centipede and Second Largest Stick Insect on Display!

Posted 7/12/2017

We are proud to have two of Oliver Greer's most spectacular recent acquisitions on display in the Bug Museum!  

 

Oliver Greer recently acquired and mounted two of his largest specimens to date. They are on display in the Bug Museum now!

The Amazonian giant centipede (also known as the Peruvian giant centipede) is the largest species of centipede in the world. Like all centipedes they are predators. While most centipedes feed primarily on insects and other invertebrates, giant centipedes will also prey on small vertebrates including lizards, snakes, frogs, and rodents. The Amazonian giant is famous for capturing bats which it hunts by climbing to the roof of a cave and hanging by the rear legs and snatching a bat from the air.

 

The giant walkingstick (Phobaeticus sp.) is from Borneo and is 23.03 inches long making it the second longest insect on record (the longest is another walkingstick on display in China that is 24 inches). The smaller specimen is a male of the same species. In the insect world, females are almost always larger than the male!