The Longest Pest List On The Longest Day Of The Year

The summer solstice yesterday, the longest day of the year, has got us thinking about all the longest things in the animal world.

Longest pests

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  • Longest ant: The female Dorylus helvolus is 2 inches long
  • Longest cockroach: The giant burrowing cockroach is 3.3 inches long
  • Longest grasshopper: The giant weta is 4 inches long
  • Longest termite: The queen Macrotermes bellicosus termite is 4.2 inches long
  • Longest mantis: The female Chinese mantis is 4.2 inches long
  • Longest beetle: The Hercules beetle is 7 inches long
  • Longest dragonfly: The Megloprepus caerulatus has a wingspan of 7.5 inches, and its body is 4.7 inches long
  • Longest fly: Some crane flies are 9 inches long
  • Longest butterfly: The Queen Alexandra’s birdwing has a wingspan of 11 inches
  • Longest moth: The Atlas moth has a wingspan of 11 inches
  • Longest spider: The giant huntsman spider has a leg span of more than 11 inches
  • Longest centipede: The Amazonian giant centipede is 13 inches long
  • Longest millipede: The record is held by a African giant black millipede, at 15.2 inches
  • Longest insect: The Pharnacia kirbyi (a stick insect) is 20 inches long
  • Longest snake: The record is held by a reticulated python, at 32 feet and 9.5 inches

Longest other animals

Other really long animals

  • Longest goldfish: The record is 18.7 inches
  • Longest rabbit ears: The record is held by an English lop, with a span of 31.12 inches
  • Longest bill: The Australian Pelican’s bill is just under 6 feet long
  • Longest neck: A giraffe’s neck can be up to 6 feet long
  • Longest tail: A giraffe’s tail can be up to 8 feet long
  • Longest teeth: The African elephant’s tusks are modified incisors. The longest tusks ever recorded were 10.7 feet long
  • Longest wings: The wandering albatross has a wingspan of 11 feet and 11 inches
  • Longest crab legs: One giant Japanese spider crab was reported to have legs that were around 12 feet long
  • Longest crocodile: The record is held by a saltwater crocodile, at 20.3 feet long
  • Longest fish: The record is held by a whale shark, at 59 feet
  • Longest invertebrate: The record is held by an Arctic Lion’s mane jellyfish with tentacles that were 120 feet long
  • Longest animal: The same Arctic Lion’s mane jellyfish is also the longest ever recorded animal

Other long facts

  • Longest migration: Arctic terns migrate about 22,000 miles each year
  • Longest chicken flight: The longest chicken flight covered a distance of 301.5 feet
  • Longest gestation: The Asian elephant’s gestation period is between 19 and 22 months
  • Longest life span: Captain presented the Tongan royal family with a Madagascar radiated tortoise that was at least 188 years old when it died, in 1965
  • Longest fish name: The longnose butterfly fish has the Hawaiian name lauwiliwilinukunukuoioi

Have we missed any out that you know of?

  1. Leyton Jay
  2. Benjamin

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