Insect, aphid

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Aphids in the Age of the Dinosaurs!

Here is yet another stunning and minute specimen from the Lower Purbeck Beds. This one measures just 3.7mm in size but any gardener would recognise it as a sap-sucking aphid, capable of turning up in great swarms to damage garden plants and the vegetable patch!

Compare this 135 million year old fossil with a modern aphid; note how both the wing and the ‘V’ shaped veins are almost identical.

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Common name

Insect, aphid

Type

Arthropods > Insects


Strata

Purbeck Beds, Lower

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

140 million years

Where found

Bincombe Hill road cutting

Found by

Rob Coram

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.14689