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World's Largest Aquatic Insect Discovered, Now Ready To Haunt Your Dreams

07/25/2014 02:05 EDT | Updated 07/25/2014 02:59 EDT

Chinese locals have made a big discovery in the realm of teeny, tiny creepy crawlers earlier this week.

Everyone, meet the world's largest aquatic insect.

worlds largest insect

While the insect may look like something out of someone's nightmares, locals found the yet-to-be-named insect in the mountains of Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, according to Scientific America.

New information is still coming through but what is known about the bug is that it comes from the order Megaloptera, a classification including 300 alderflies, dobsonflies and fishflies.

Oh, and that it's also freaking huge.

The insect's wingspan stretches around 21 cm — enough to wrap around a human's face. But it's not all bad news as the Mashable video above points out. Aside from its terrifying appearance, the discovery of the insect usually means clean water is nearby since dobsonflies and similar insects need unpolluted water to breed.

For more info on the winged-critter, give the video above a view.