Burmite Cretaceous Fossil Amber with Caddisfly

Dinosaur Era Cretaceous Amber

Fossil Amber Caddisfly

Class Insecta, Order Trichoptera, Family Polycentropodidae

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

Size: Amber: 11 mm long, 8 mm across, Inclusion: 6 mm

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA23

Price: $450.00

Description: This fossil amber specimen contains a member of the Neuroptera, Family Polycentropodidae, known as a caddisfly. The oldest amber containing insects comes from the deposits of Lebanon at some 135 million years of age. Deposits in Myanmar, New Jersey, and Japan are somewhat younger. Modern day caddisfly larvae are aquatic and spin nets for capturing food in swift-flowing water, and also build tubular structures in which they lie in wait for prey.

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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