Scorpionfly, insect

No sting in the tail

Scorpion flies have a tail that curves upwards like a scorpion, hence the name. Almost identical modern forms are alive today and doing well along the Jurassic Coast. Size of this specimen: 8.8mm 

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Common name

Scorpionfly, insect

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.14724