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    The world’s biggest ‘mosquito’ is ENORMOUS
    The world’s biggest ‘mosquito’ is ENORMOUS
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    The world’s biggest ‘mosquito’ is ENORMOUS

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    Adam White
    Adam White
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    A giant insect, said to be the world’s biggest mosquito, will go on display at a museum in southwest China next month.

    The supersized insect was discovered by a Chinese entomologist in the southwestern province of Sichuan in August.

    The mosquito has a 4.4-inch wingspan, making it the largest in the world.
    The mosquito has a 4.4-inch wingspan, making it the largest in the world. Photo: Xinhua

    Its body is 2 inches long, with a wingspan of 4.4 inches. That’s 10 times longer than an average mosquito and a third longer than is typical for the species, holorusia mikado. 

    The insect’s capturer killed it by freezing it, as opposed to using fire as one might assume.
    The insect’s capturer killed it by freezing it, as opposed to using fire as one might assume. Photo: Xinhua
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    “The mosquito was collected in August last year. After I caught it I quickly made it into a specimen, by killing and freezing it. This may sound cruel, but for insects it is a painless death,” the mega-mosquito’s discoverer Zhao Li told the South China Morning Post.

    But there’s no need to protect your blood vessels: the fly is not in fact a bloodsucker, which means that in English “crane fly” might be a more accurate translation.

    ADAM WHITE
    ADAM WHITE
    Adam White is a contributor to Inkstone. The Hong Kong­-born-and-raised journalist and editor has written for CNN, Time, Monocle, HK Magazine and the New Statesman.

    ADAM WHITE
    ADAM WHITE
    Adam White is a contributor to Inkstone. The Hong Kong­-born-and-raised journalist and editor has written for CNN, Time, Monocle, HK Magazine and the New Statesman.

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