Phasmatidae is a family of stick insects in the order Phasmatodea, in the superfamily Anareolatae.
Cladomorphinae (Bostra maxwelli) or commonly known as Godhorse in Barbados, The insect grows to 33 cm and is known for its slow-moving stick like appearance. The insect is capable of regenerating limbs and reproduce by parthenogenesis. It is also considered harmless to humans.
- ^ Carrington, Sean; Fraser, Henry C (2003). "Godhorse". A~Z of Barbados Heritage. Macmillan Caribbean. pp. 88. ISBN 0333920686. "The local name of unknown origin for the walking stick insect which may grow to (33 cm). It has gained a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's longest insect. Though slow moving, it is rarely seen, as its twig-like appearance serves as an effective camouflage. Many people are afraid of it, on the grounds that if given a chance, it will crawl into a human ear, though there is no record of any having done so. There is a superstitious belief that the presence of a godhorse around the house means a death will occur at the house. They are harmless to man but are generally disliked and Rev. Hughes common name of Hag's Horse conveys this. This family of insects, the Phasmids, is unusual, in being able to regenerate lost limbs and produce offspring by parthenogenesis."