A giant mosquito with a wingspan of more than 4 inches has been found in China.
Zhao Li, curator of the Insect Museum of West China, discovered the insect last August in Qincheng Mountain, within the Sichuan province. The super-sized insect belongs to the Holorusa mikado species, the largest mosquito family in the world. With a 5 cm-long body (nearly 2 inches) and a wingspan of 11.15 cm (more than 4 inches), the mosquito is 10 times longer than an average mosquito. The insect is also a third longer than the average holorusia mikado species.
But he wanted to take his time and confirm that it really was the largest mosquito in the world before revealing the staggering discovery. He said that these mosquitoes look horrendous, but do not feed on blood. The adults have a life span of only a few days and mainly feed on nectar.