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Posted: July 23, 2014

Giant flying bug with fangs discovered in China

By Joe Kelley

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Researchers in China have found what is clearly the most frightening looking insect ... ever. 

What's being called the Giant Dobsonfly has an 8.3-inch wingspan and snake-like fangs. 

It's not entirely clear how much force would have to be applied to kill the dobsonfly or what sound is made by the insect as it is squashed. 

But, we're entirely sure that the sound upon discovering a dobsonfly is a loud shriek, scream or cry. 

How long until this fly is found in the states?


Yahoo News reports:

According to the Insect Museum of West China, an expedition to the outskirts of Chengdu in mid-July returned dobsonflies with 8.3-inch wingspans and "giant snake-like fangs." 

Entomologists say the presence of the giant dobsonfly, native to China and Vietnam, is an indication of clean water nearby.

Large enough to cover the face of a human adult, this scary-looking insect is also known among entomologists as an indicator of water quality, says the museum.

The giant dobsonfly makes its home in bodies of clean water and is highly sensitive to any changes in the water's pH as well as the presence of trace elements of pollutants. If the water is slightly contaminated, the giant dobsonfly will move on to seek cleaner waters. (CNN)

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