Cretaceous Mantisfly in Burmite Amber


Class Insecta, Order Neuroptera, Family Mantispidae

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

Size: Amber: 14 mm long by 11 mm across, Inclusion: 7 mm overall

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA29

Price: $595.00

Cretaceous Mantisfly in Burmite AmberDescription: This plaque of amber displays a member of the Neuroptera, Family Mantispidae, known as a mantisfly. Like the eponymous praying mantis, they possess “raptorial” forelegs with which they seize their prey. While they are active hunters on the ground they are somewhat awkward in flight like other Neuroptera. 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. Interestingly enough, more examples are known from the Cretaceous than are known from Tertiary deposits such as those in the Dominican Republic.

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