25.11.2020, 18:16

China discovers world’s smallest dragonfly

China discovers world’s smallest dragonfly
Photo taken on Oct. 16, 2020 shows a sample of dragonfly found in Sichuan, southwest China. (Insect Museum of West China/Xinhua)

The samples from Sichuan Province were identified as those of Nannophya pygmaea, commonly known as scarlet dwarf, with the smallest adult specimen having a body length of about 15 mm, Xinhua News Agency quoted the Insect Museum of West China as saying.

The previous record for the smallest dragonfly stood at 17 mm.

There are approximately 5,000 dragonfly species in the world. China is home to more than 990 species, more than any other country, according to the museum.