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Is this the world’s largest mosquito?

This could be the world’s largest mosquito, with an approximately 4.4-inch wingspan. Chinese entomologist Zhao Li caught this mosquito last August during a field inspection on Qingcheng Mountain.

It is now on display at the Insect Museum of West China in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Zhao said the insect belongs to a species called Holorusia mikado, which is the world’s largest mosquito species, originating in Japan.

“These mosquitoes look horrendous, but do not feed on blood,” Zhao said. “The adults have a lifespan of only a few days and mainly feed on nectar.”

A normal Holorusia mikado’s wingspan is about 3.1 inches.

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Jia Guo

Jia Guo is from the coastal city of Qingdao. She has an M.A. in multimedia journalism from NYU and has worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.

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