Gigantic Insect Found in China Will Give You Nightmares

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Gigantic Insect Found in China Will Give You Nightmares

Dobsonfly Monster

The Insect Museum of West China found the largest dobsonfly and its wingspan measures over 8 inches wide!

If you're the kind of person who squirms whenever you see larger than normal insects, then this bit of news might give you nightmares. In China, the Insect Museum of West China went on an expedition and found the largest dobsonfly seen so far. This particular insect (pictured) has a wingspan of 21 centimeters (over 8 inches). The previous largest dobsonfly was found in Brazil and had a wingspan of 19.1 centimeters (7.48 inches). For those who are curious, while 8 inches for its wingspan is considered wide, the average male and female specimens of this particular insect has a wingspan of 5 inches.

While I don't think I easily get scared when it comes to insects, I admit, seeing this fly around anywhere near my vicinity might cause me to run away in panic. I mean, just look at its mouth and body; it's like a mad scientist tried to see what the outcome would be when you cross-mated a spider, wasp and a scorpion. And don't think this insect is exclusive to China, either. Apparently, it can be found in many different countries, which just makes seeing one in the flesh a little bit more real.

Source and Image: Xinhua via Kotaku

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GAH! It's like God took all his nightmares and condensed it into an insect!

What forces of evolution would motivate that creation of such a creature?

China is just behind Australia in places I want to go where the wildlife is scary as hell!

They're made of found in China? Makes a change from chitin I suppose.

Just stick in a "has been" in there to make that title make easy sense.

OT, sooooooo I'm not going to China any time soon.

Whelp, that's another country I'm marking off my "world tour" list.

Good lord, look at those mandibles! I don't know if they're aggressive or not, but it sure looks like it can deliver one hell of a bite.

Urgh it look like a stag beetle head stuck onto a dragonfly (well with the wings)!

Absolutely beautiful!

(yeah, im weird.)

Sometimes I wonder if anyone really proof-reads these titles. I had to reread it about six times since I knew "Made of Found" couldn't possibly be how you're supposed to say it.
Try "Giant Nightmare Insect Found in China." Much simpler, rolls right off the tongue.

I'd forgotten what Dobson flies were and had to go look them up. Apparently they spend almost all of their life-cycle in streams and rivers, in the larval stage. While I'm not at all thrilled with the image of one of these things flying at my face, it's reassuring to know they only sprout wings for a short while - then drop dead.

Iratus bug!!!!! It's begun! Fetch me my particle magnum!

The question is: Do they feed on human flesh?

What a stupid looking bug.

It's so goofy. Almost kind of cute in a way.

I can seriously imagine my 8 year old self coming up with such a creature.

I see these all the time in the late Summer, big ones, small ones, flies you'd swear were birds, or at least bats, but nope, just a ginormous scary insect. It doesn't surprise me at all to see one this large. Fortunately these things are not aggressive in the least. The large pincers are just for show. They are however attracted to bright lights so you may see them around your front porch if you live near ponds or a lake.

That's nothing compared to the giant spider monsters that live in Australia. Seriously, I am never going to any country with giant bugs. No thanks!

And now we know why the chinese invented Kung Fu. Because you want to be sure those things are dead with the first blow and not just pissed.

"...seeing one in the flesh..."

Now there's an image.

Otherwise, it's...nice to see they have a new record?

Dragonbums:
What a stupid looking bug.

It's so goofy. Almost kind of cute in a way.

A kitten is cute, a puppy is cute, hell there is a picture on the internet somewhere of a cute spider because of it's giant eyes...

This thing however, is not cute in the slightest and should be locked away...in a titanium box...in space.

KDR_11k:
http://www.ourafricablog.com/post/47892548037/goliath-beetle-larvae-the-goliath-beetles-named looks ickier.

OH MY GOD WHY?!

Are people on this forum just TRYING to give me nightmares?!

If it doesn't sting, or bite, or spit acid, it's sheer size doesn't bother me...

Unless it's a spider, because FUCK SPIDERS!

I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords, long may they reign.

Ladies, gentlemen, all together now:

NOPE.JPG

Fuck. I'm moving there in a month.

RJ 17:
Good lord, look at those mandibles! I don't know if they're aggressive or not, but it sure looks like it can deliver one hell of a bite.

Apparently, male Dobsonfly's have such poor leverage on their pincers that the bigger they are, the less likely they are to be able to inflict damage. Even smaller males are incapable of breaking human skin.

Watch out for those females though.

Doesn't seem functional enough to be scary.
The jaws are big but with those comically short legs it still just looks silly.

I'd be a little scared just because it looks stupid enough to hit me while flying and big and sharp enough to accidentally do damage.

nasteypenguin:

RJ 17:
Good lord, look at those mandibles! I don't know if they're aggressive or not, but it sure looks like it can deliver one hell of a bite.

Apparently, male Dobsonfly's have such poor leverage on their pincers that the bigger they are, the less likely they are to be able to inflict damage. Even smaller males are incapable of breaking human skin.

Watch out for those females though.

Still scary looking though. :P

It's like some insane individual mashed a beetle's head on a mutated butterfly.
*sigh* should not have clicked it but my curious side couldn't help it.

I'm gonna be a special snowflake and say I don't find it that scary or ugly looking at all, about its only "intimidating" features is its pincers but I don't find those off putting.

Really the size is the main problem but otherwise whilst not a good looking insect per say, don't find it particularly threatening and would be much more scared of a small spider.

Its perfection is matched only by its hostil... oh wait, it's not that aggressive. Oh well.

That said, I think I would certainly be legging it if I saw one coming at me. Someone pass me a can of Raid, or at least a rolled up newspaper.

That insect doesn't look like it could even hurt a human: The jaws on it are way too large and cumbersome. Unfortunately, dobsonflies DO have one of the foulest smelling "skunk" sprays of the insect world so... yeah don't scare one while it's in your hand or you'll be sorry in ways you never imagined. =p

Im calling fake.

We know everything there is to know about the world and we knew it all 50 years ago. We understand eco systems, the climate, evolution and we have identified everything everywhere. The world had nothing left to surprise us with the day we invented television. Therefore this must be fake because we have nothing left to learn, just ask Al Gore.

As a proud Australian, I find it amusing that people think bugs like this are 'monstrous' or the like. I can't ever remember a 'small' bug or insect. I mean, even our cockroaches here can get up-to large lengths and fly. Yes. The cockroaches. Spiders on the other hand, well. 95% of the 'big' ones have non-lethal bites. It's the ones we don't see that kill people.

I wanna pop it's little head off and use its body like a pencil

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