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New species of insect discovered in China with an 8 inch wingspan

New species of insect discovered in China with an 8 inch wingspan

July 25, 2014 - * The largest aquatic insect in the world has been found in Chengdu, China * It is of the order Megaloptera and has a wingspan of 8.3 inches (21 cm) * This is larger than the previous record, which stood at 7.5 inches (19 cm) * The giant insect has huge mandibles that it uses during mating * Can be found near wet environments such as lakes but lives just a few days A newly discovered member of the Megaloptera family has been found that could be the largest aquatic insect in the world. It was found on a mountain in Chengdu, Sichuan province in China. The mysterious specimen of which little is known has a wingspan of 8.3 inches (21 centimetres). The family of Megaloptera includes about 300 species of fishflies, dobsonflies and alderflies. The name Megaloptera describes that insects have large (megal) wings (ptera) compared to their bodies


And this latest find is no exception, dwarfing other such insects of the order. According to Scientific American members of the Megaloptera family are not well known. When they are larvae they spend a lot of time out of sight in the water, only leaving when they pupate and they become adults. They can be found in or near a variety of wet environments including ponds, lakes and swamps. The huge mandibles at the front of the insect, meanwhile, are not used for eating but rather to attract females and hold them in place during mating. The species is also known for its ferocious bite, which can break human skin. Megaloptera insects typically live for only a few days as adults, so many will spend there few days of adulthood mating, producing new larvae to grow underwater. With a wingspan 8.3 inches (21 centimetres), this species breaks the previous record holder for largest aquatic insect, the South American helicopter damselfly, which has a wingspan of 7.5 inches (19 centimetres).

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New species of insect found in China has wingspan of more than 8 inches

Dogs get jealous too! Canines snap, bark and push to get their owners' attention when they're playing with other pets According to Scientific American members of the Megaloptera family are not well known. When they are larvae they spend a lot of time out of sight in the water, only leaving when they pupate and they become adults.


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3 comments

  • Toxic32#

    Toxic32 wrote July 28, 2014 10:26:52 AM CEST

    I wonder what they taste like...They look nice and crunchy.

  • The57ironman#

    The57ironman wrote July 25, 2014 7:58:46 PM CEST

    embarrassing

  • properREDeye#

    properREDeye wrote July 25, 2014 4:50:03 PM CEST

    Why is it that from paragraph three onwards the content of this is advertising?
    Very disappointing that they are making it actually inside posts now.

 
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