Researchers in China have discovered what can be described as the most largest bug ever to be found alive. It is also probably the most frightening insect ever since it has snake-like fangs and an 8.3-inch wingspan, capable of covering the face of a human.
The Chinese are calling this massive insect the Giant Dobsonfly since it is related to the dobsonfly family of insects.
According to researchers, the giant dobsonfly is highly sensitive to pH changes in water, and would rather move to cleaner water than stick around one that has slight pH changes. If this is truly the case, it could mean that the giant dobsonfly may never have a large population since water contamination is a regular occurrence.
Before this giant dobsonfly was discovered, the largest known aquatic insect at the time was the South American helicopter damselfly. This huge scare factor insect had a wingspan measuring 7.5-inches, could probably eat a full-grown human alive. OK, we're just messing around, it can't, but it could scare an adult human no doubt.
Since the dobsonfly relies on clean bodies of water to survive, folks tend to use the creature to determine if bodies of water are clean for human consumption. If the dobsonfly has no interest in a particular body of water, then chances are it is contaminated and not fit for drinking.
Earlier this month, Chinese folks in West China reported that they spotted large insect creatures that resemble dragonflies with very large teeth. These people must have been nearly scared to death by what they had seen. We would have been scared, probably never going outside again for the rest of our lives.
While the creature is well-known in China, India's Assam state, and in northern Vietnam, it has never appeared in the Sichuan province, at least, not on record. If the giant dobsonfly manages to travel that far, then it means the insect is in search of clean water from our point of view.
While having an 8.3-inch wingspan for an insect is impressive, it comes nowhere close to the ancient griffenfly, a prehistoric insect with a wingspan that spans 28-inches.