I was wondering if I could have some help identifying a lovely wing, found inside a birchii nodule on Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis. The two pictures included are of the two halves of the nodule, with the positive and negative impressions. The wing is 19mm in length.
Thank you for your reply Steve. I have also had it suggested that the wing is orthopteran, either grasshopper or cricket. I really would like to try and get to the bottom of a possible positive ID, as I consider it to be the jewel in the crown of my steadily growing insect collection.
Once again, many thanks for any help.
Could it be from a scorpion fly?
Looks like dragonfly to me, and have to admit it is stunning, I've been collecting and working in the field for nearly twenty years and I've only seen a small handful as good as this and never found one myself. a beautiful and rare find.
What a beautiful specimen, congratulations on such a fantastic find
this is definitely an insect wing, probably a dragonfly.
insect finds on monmouth are extremely rare.
a lovely find
Wow - nice!
To discriminate between orders and other taxonomic ranks, you're perhaps lucky that wing venation is a good key. Go on modern ones to start with.
- Vincent H. Resh, Ring T. Cardé (eds), 'Encyclopedia of Insects'
Thanks for the replies. I've had the wing identified as Regiata scutra sp. (Orthopteran) whilst giving a 'show and tell' session on fossil insects from the Lyme Regis area, in the Philpot Museum at the Fossil Festival earlier in the year.
Good to know, thanks for the update.
I note it is found only at Flatstones, Black Ven, Charmouth
And further reference therefrom leads to other relevant works
There should be some further investigation into the range and spread of insects from the various beds commencing in the near future.
I've managed insect finds from Monmouth beach, Black Ven, Stonebarrow and Golden Cap from various rock types: Birchi nodules, Flatstones, Woodstones, Yellowstones, Intermediate nodules and even a couple in the Green Ammonite nodules).
I notice that Brevicula gradus is also only found in Flatstones, Black Ven, Charmouth.
One of the most useful books I have is 'The systematics and palaeogeography of the Lower Jurassic insects of Dorset, England' - P. E. S. Whalley, 31st October 1985. But the material in there is now almost 30 years old. The information that is available on fossil insects in the Lower Lias is in need of a major update as many of the specimens described occur from Flatstones either from Black Ven, Charmouth or Stonebarrow.
More specimens are being found on a regular basis. Hopefully over the coming months they will be added to the collected information we already have available.