Huge Cretaceous Orthopteran Habrohagla

Name: Habrohagla curtivenata;

Class Insecta; Order Orthoptera; Family: Haglidae

Geological Time: Lower Cretaceous (~125 m.y.a.)

Size: 121 mm long (tip of wings to tip of head); Matrix: 202 mm by 148 mm.

Fossil Site: Liaoning, Yixian Formation, Chao Yang, Liaoning Province of China

Huge Cretaceous OrthopteranThe 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 Orpthoptera (grasshoppers and kin) from the Family Haglidae that is reminiscent of the modern-day Katydid. It is a very large specimen with incredible detail preserved, particularly in the large wings which have color banding preserved from the dim past of 125 million years ago, The Haglidae are endemic to the Yixian Formation, and as such is found no where else. This one is a female, as demonstrated by the presence of a 27 mm long ovipositor that was used to place eggs into the ground.

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