Huge Rare Hexaganites Fly Insect Fossil from Solnhofen


Insect Order Diptera

Geological Time: Jurassic

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Insect fossil is 27 mm in length by 35 mm in width on a 16 x 16 cm (6½ x6 1/2”) plate

Fossil Site: Solnhofen Limestone, "Plattenkalk” Malm Zeta 2, Eichstatt, Germany

Fossil from Solnhofen

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Description: This is a very well preserved, museum grade specimen of this Jurassic insect. This one is about the maximum size for a fully mature adult. Note the excellent venation of the wing. The legs, though a bit faint are present. The specimen is well-centered on the plate.

This spectacular fossil comes from the famous Lagerstätte, the lithographic limestone Solnhofen deposits of Germany. These 150 million year old deposits are famous for their exceptionally well-preserved and diverse organisms, the most famous of which are the handful of specimens of the ancient bird Archaeopteryx.

Also see: Solnhofen Fossils

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Fly Insect Fossil from Solnhofen

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