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Credit: China News Service/Zhong Xin
Source: Bec Crew’s Largest aquatic insect in the world found in China on Running Ponies

Remember the Guinness Book of World Records? Poring over the pages of tiny text and black and white images of record breakers was a hallowed summer time-busting tradition, at least in my circle of friends. When it got too hot to do anything else, the Guinness Book would always invite us to lie prostrate and expend as little energy as possible as we flipped through the pages in search of the weirdest and most extreme. So it’s fitting that this week, in the heat of summer, Bec Crew introduces the world’s largest aquatic insect, a new species of Megaloptera that boasts a 21-centimeter wingspan (that’s ~8.25 inches for us ‘mericans), complete with a thoughtfully-placed chicken egg for scale. If you’re curious about this superbug’s company at the top ranks of “world’s largest insects,” Crew’s post has a nice collection of shockingly large bugs to show off.

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.



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