Giant mosquito with 11.15 cm wingspan found in China

Scientists have discovered a giant mosquito with a wingspan of 11.15 centimetres in China’s Sichuan province. The mosquito belongs to the world’s largest mosquito species Holorusia mikado. This species mosquito was first found in Japan and normally have wing span of about eight centimetres.

Key Facts

The giant mosquito was found in August 2017 during field trip to Mount Qingcheng in Chengdu, capital of south-west China’s Sichuan province. The mosquito mainly feeds on nectar and not on blood. The adults of this sepecies have lifespan of only few days and are found in areas with dense vegetation. They are weak fliers because of their big bodies and when they fly, it is more like hopping.



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