Wasp Fossil from Liaoning
Insecta, Order Hymenoptera
Time: Lower Cretaceous (~125 m.y.a.)
mm; Matrix: 55 mm by 40 mm
Yixian Formation, Chao Yang, Liaoning
Province of China
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 Pelecinid wasp, possibly the genus Scorpiopelecinus.
This is a detailed specimen from the dim past of 125 million years ago, which
shows many features such as the antennae, wing venation, and segmentation to the