Fossil Hymenopteran Insect from Yixian Formation


Insect Order Hymenoptera, Suborder Apocrita, Family Scoliidae (?)

Geological Time: Lower Cretaceous (~125-121 m.y.a.)

Size: Insect fossil is 22 mm long

Fossil Site: Yixian Formation, Huangbangi Valley, Beipiao, Liaoning Province of China

Fossil Code: SI052

Price: $50.00

Wasp Insect FossilYixian Formation in Liaoning Province in northeast China has remained one of the hottest paleontology study sites on earth the past two decades, and is perhaps most famous for discoveries of feathered dinosaurs. From feathered dinosaurs to birds to reptiles with color patterns, the fine lake silts of Liaoning often preservedScolid Wasp the most intricate details of life from more than 100 million years ago. Relatively harder to preserve insects are well represented in the diverse Liaoning biota.

Order Hymenoptera, comprising the wasps, bees and ants, is one of the largest groups of insects. They appeared during the Triassic period, and social behavior is thought to have arose in the Cretaceous. The large size and general shape suggests a scolid wasp. The body is well preserved, though the right-side wings are not.

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