Rare Lower Cretaceous Fossil Bee with Color Preservation

Name: Insecta; Hymenoptera (Bee)

Age: Lower Cretaceous (~125 m.y.a.)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 15 mm long. Matrix: 80 mm by 58mm

Location: Yixian Formation, Chao Yang, Liaoning Province of China

Cretaceous Fossil BeeDescription: The Class Insecta is well represented in Liaoning and Hebei Provinces of China, with over 500 species referable to over 100 families based upon over 10,000 specimens. This fantastic diversity and exquisite detail is unprecedented throughout the world. This example is a fine bee with incredible preservational detail. This one has preserved coloration to the abdomen, and fine details in the wing venation. This is a fine example of the preservation for which the deposits of Liaoning are well-known.

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