Chengdu: The Chinese entomologist have found a giant mosquito with a wing span of 11.15 cm. The mosquito is found in Sichuan province and it was found last year in August during a field trip to Mount Qingcheng in Chengdu, reports the Xinhua agency.
The curator of Insect Museum of West China, Zhai Li told that the mosquito belongs to world’s biggest mosquito species, Holorusia Mikado. First found in Japan and named by British entomologist John Obadiah Westwood in 1876, the Holorusia Mikado species normal have wingspan of about 8 cm.“These mosquitoes look horrendous but do not feed on blood. The adults have a lifespan of only a few days and mainly feed on nectar,” he said. “There are tens of thousands of types of mosquitoes in the world. Barely 100 species feed on blood and may be a problem for humans,” he said.
The western parts of Sichuan, this species is also known as crane fly and is mainly found in the Chengdu plain and mountains below 2200 metres. “They are weak fliers because of their big bodies. When they fly, it is more like hopping. More often than not, they are found in areas with dense vegetation,” Zhao said.