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


Arthropods > Insects


Purbeck Beds, Lower

Time period

Lower Cretaceous


140 million years

Where found

Bincombe Hill road cutting

Found by

Ed Jarzembowski


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

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