World’s biggest mosquito enters Guinness Records

The world's biggest mosquito enters Guinness Records
This week, Zhao Li, with the Insect Museum of West China
in Chengdu, capital of the southwestern province of
Sichuan, received certification from the Guinness World
Records, which confirmed a giant mosquito he discovered
in June to be the world's biggest.

Previously, the record holder was a mosquito discovered
by British zoologist Mark Carwardine. Carwardine
describes in his 2008 book "Animal Records" that the
distance between the mosquito's foreleg and hind leg could
reach 23 cm.

But Zhao's discovery of the mosquito, known as Holorusia
mikado, has nabbed the top spot.
The specimen of the mosquito, kept in Zhao's museum,
has a wingspan of 11.15 cm, while the distance between
its foreleg and hind leg is 25.8 cm.
Holorusia mikado, the biggest kind of mosquito, was
originally discovered in Japan. Zhao said that such giant
mosquitos barely suck on blood. Instead, they feed on
honey flower.

"Actually, in English, it is not called a mosquito," Zhao
said. "It is called a crane fly. Meanwhile, people in
Germany call it a 'long-legged father'."

The Insect Museum of West China keeps more than
700,000 items, including insect specimens, fossils and
cultural relics.


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