Animals

Largest Mosquito in the World Found in China, Has a Wingspan of 11.15 cm

A terrifying giant mosquito was found by Chinese entomologist Zhao Li, a senior biological and senior wild animal protection engineer, while doing a field inspection last August in Qincheng Mountain, within Sichuan province, China.

This incredibly sized insect belonged to the Holorusa mikado species which is the largest mosquito family in the world.

It has a body length of 5 cm long and a wingspan of 11.15 cm. Basically, it’s about 10 times longer than an average mosquito. Yikes!

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A normal Holorusia Mikado has a wingspan of about 8 centimeters (3.1 inches) making the discovery about a third bigger than the average.

Li took his time in confirming if that was the largest mosquito in the world before he revealed his unusual discovery.

“These mosquitoes look horrendous but do not feed on blood. The adults have a lifespan of only a few days and mainly feed on nectar,” he said in an interview with South China Morning Post.

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While classifying the species in the mosquito family, he is aware that the insect is also called a ‘crane fly’ but he insists that the Holorusia Mikado are in fact mosquitoes.

“There are a wide definition and a narrow definition of the mosquito family. Under the narrow definition, only a mosquito that bites is a mosquito, different countries have different ways to call and define insects, but from a biological perspective, Holorusia Mikados are categorized as mosquitoes,” he said.

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The giant mosquito specimen will be displayed in an exhibition about strange insects at the Insect Museum of West China next month where Zhao is also a curator.

What would you do if you will see such big creature?

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