Lacewing, insect

Delicate wings

Lacewings are insects with, as the name suggests, delicate wings. In Britain today they explode over our rivers in the spring or early summer, fluttering above the water to breed and lay eggs. As with all of the fossil insects on this web site, it’s incredible to think just how old they are – they were flying around with the dinosaurs and long before them! Size of this specimen: 9.9mm

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Common name

Lacewing, 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.14716