Burmite Cretaceous Amber with Crane Fly

Dinosaur Era Cretaceous Amber

Fossil Amber Crane Fly (Tipulidae)

Class Insecta, Order Diptera, Family Tipulidae

Geological Time: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~100 million years ago)

Size: Amber: 16 mm long , 13 mm across Inclusion: 7 mm with 6 mm wings

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA18

Price: Sold

Burmite Cretaceous Amber with Crane FlyDescription: This plaque of amber displays one of the ultimate survivors of the insect world: a crane fly, presumably of the family Tipulidae. The name Diptera is actually a misnomer. While the name means “two winged”, Diptera actually possess two pairs of wings, but the anterior pair is vestigial, and known as the halteres. These flap opposite to the main wings, serving as a form of gyroscope to aid in level flight. This is amazingly well preserved, and comes from the Late Cretaceous Burmite deposits of Myanmar.

Also see: Cretaceous Jersimantis luzzii praying mantis in amber and  Pseudoscorpion in Cretaceous Fossil Amber and Centipede in Cretaceous Amber

Reference: AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, Mar 26, 2002.

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