Insect, beetle

Triassic survivor

The highly distinctive square pattern on this beetle wing case places it in a family known as the Cupedidae or ‘Reticulated Beetles’. Today just 30 species are known worldwide – unusually for an insect, there are more species as fossils than as living creatures. It is known as a ‘living fossil’, having an ancestry that dates back to the Triassic period. Size: 5.9mm


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Common name

Insect, beetle

Type

Arthropods > Insects


Strata

Purbeck Beds, Lower

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Bincombe Hill road cutting

Found by

Ed Jarzembowski

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.14704