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Wonderful, Just Wonderful: Terrifying New World's Largest Flying Aquatic Insect Found In China

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This is the giant dobsonfly, the current record holder for largest flying aquatic insect. They can measure almost 8.5-inches across. For reference, that is 8-inches entirely too large for my liking.

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.

Did you read that? They only like the very freshest water and will leave if they detect even the slightest pollution. You know what that means, don't you? "You're going to go take a dump upriver?" Haha, I am going to go take ALL the dumps upriver.

Keep going for a couple more shots including a closeup in case you're into nightmares.

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Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who is so evil he's trying to breed even bigger, more terrifying insects. What the shit!

There are Comments.
  • baal

    Has anyone checked to see if it's bite/saliva can cure male impotency?

  • Our Giant Dobsonfly problems would be solved. Let's start promoting the idea that Botflies cure male impotency! Are Guinea worms still a nuisance?

  • Bretton Woods

    I shall call him Lawrence.

  • MustacheHam

    This critter is indeed perfect for another monster movie. Gigantic...or as is. >:D

  • Saul Samwell

    Dobsonado is whats gonna be, yo.

  • zin

    So what you're saying is, they're going to start preying on birds soon, & next thing you know there's no more chirping in the air. Only these buzzing around.

  • Dani

    I didn't know they had clean fresh water in China.

  • bigalosu

    Yeah, give it a few weeks and China will make sure it is extinct.

  • Lord Chino

    You people are idiots.

  • Tyguy

    They don't. That explains this monstrosity.

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  • takes shoe in his hand

  • NynjaSquirrel

    You'd better have big feet then - 8 inches across...

  • takes penis in his hand

  • Joe Ferschke

    Are you going to sex it to death?

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Make love not war!

  • There is a weird beauty about this dobsonfly.
    I imagine being small and riding on it through the air.
    But if i discover one in my livingspace i would try to get rid of it, for sure!

  • i am sure beating the hell out of the critter

  • Zachary Zarko

    Yeah, but what are you gonna do to the dobsonfly?

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