Megaphasma and other giant monsters

Saturday morning we returned from our walk to find the biggest insect I have ever seen in the wild clawing at our front door. A giant walkingstick (I think), Megaphasma dentricus—the longest insect in North America, most commonly found here in Central Texas. We get tons of Texas walkingsticks, which are about half the size, and which love to copulate on our door frames, but I can’t recall the last time I saw one of these. It was close to seven inches long, and about as thick as my pinkie finger. Epic, and wonderful to know our green roof and wild yard is providing habitat for such beautiful creatures.

Read →