World's biggest mosquito found in China
A giant insect, said to be the world's biggest mosquito, discovered in southwestern China last August will be in display at a museum next month.
CHENGDU, CHINA — A giant insect, said to be the world's biggest mosquito, discovered in southwestern China last August will be in display at a museum next month.
Reported by China's Xinhua News, entomologist Zhao Li[c] discovered the giant critter at Qingcheng mountain in China's Sichuan province last August.
Zhao, who's also a curator for the Insect Museum of West China, told local media Sichuan Online that the mosquito,
Holorusia mikado, also known as the crane fly, belongs to the world's largest mosquito species Holorusia and has a 5cm long body and a wingspan of 11.15cm.
First discovered and named by British entomologist John Westwood in Japan in 1876, the mosquito is said to be the largest of the mosquitoes with an average wingspan of 8cm.
In the western parts of Sichuan, are mainly found in the Chengdu plain and in mountainous areas below 2,200 metres.
Zhao Li said despite the flies' horrific look, they do not feed on blood. The adults have a lifespan of only a few days and mainly feed on nectar,"
The crane fly will now go on display at Zhao's museum as part of an exhibition about strange insects in May.
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