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Entomologist Joachim Bresseel holding a female Phryganistria heusii yentuensis. At 32 centimetres long, it’s the second largest insect species on earth (54 cm with legs stretched out). Photo Bresseel & Constant, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences


Male and female Phryganistria heusii yentueensis having sex. Note how small the male is compared to the female. Photo Bresseel & Constant, RBINS


“In Copulo” is the polite scientific way to describe an insect hookup. You’ll have to look closely to see the male attached to the large female. Male and Female Phobaeticus truiPhoto Bresseel & Constant, RBINS