Lower Cretaceous Scorpionfly Insect Fossil from Liaoning China
Positive & Negative With Color Preservation

Name: Insecta: Mecoptera (scorpionfly) Female

Age: Lower Cretaceous (~125 m.y.a.)

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): 12 mm wings; Matrix: 88 mm by 58 mm and 75 mm by 55 mm

Location: Yixian Formation, Chao Yang, Liaoning Province of China

Cretaceous Scorpionfly Insect FossilDescription: The Class Insecta is well represented in Liaoning and Hebei Provinces of China, with over 500 species referable to over 100 families based upon over 10,000 specimens. This fantastic diversity and exquisite detail is unprecedented throughout the world. This example is a member of the Mecoptera, or Scorpionflies. This one is a female as it lacks the "stingerlike" genatalia of the male that gives these insects their common name. This is a fine specimen with incredible detail preserved in the wings which includes preserved color banding.

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