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Jun 26, 2013 7:29 PM

WHAT IS THIS? A FLY, A MOTH.

Hi,  I have a fossel of an Anomite? and after breaking off some residual rock, I split some open and found a fossel of what I thought was a fly but closer look revealed a Moth I think. It has triple feather like wings which are ginger/brown and a black body it is about 10mm long...I wonder if you could tell me if it was of

 

interest.PDA_0023.JPGSorry for poor quality of image, best I could do with Iphone. puttnampete....

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    Jun 26, 2013 9:05 PM (in response to puttnampete)
    Re: WHAT IS THIS? A FLY, A MOTH.

    Well, I see what you mean!

     

    One of our experts may have some particular knowledge about invertebrate fossils and/or your locality (please tell us where you found this specimen).

     

    My thoughts meanwhile...

    Insect fossils are usually very thin veneers (since they were soft-bodied), and to be preserved in a recognizable fashion, they need to be found in flat-bedded fine-grained sedimentary rock. (Insect fossils in amber are an exception.) With your specimen, it seems to be recognizable despite being on a fairly rough surface. It still could be a fossil insect, as you suggest; it just seems a bit less likely for me.

     

    If you could get a good close-up, it could make all the difference - especially if it shows some vein structure in the wings.

     

    Mike

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        Jun 27, 2013 12:11 PM (in response to puttnampete)
        Re: WHAT IS THIS? A FLY, A MOTH.

        Peter,

         

        That's interesting.

        Can you post a photo showing it in greater close-up - showing the venation on the wings?

        Failing that, you'd need to show it to somebody, eg. at a local museum and/or the NHM.

         

        (I wonder if, in driving down to West Bay from Bridport, you called-in for tea and cakes at the cafe at my friends Clive and Diana Grove's 'Groves Nurseries'.)

         

        Mike

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