Do you find prehistoric insects fascinating? If not, then you will soon. Insects are one of the few organisms that have existed as early as 400 million years ago. Yup that’s when the earth’s first terrestrial ecosystems were still being formed. Here are 25 prehistoric insects you might not know about.
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Termitaradus dominicanus is an extinct species of termite bug in the family Termitaphididae known from a Miocene fossil found on Hispaniola. It is the third species in the genus Termitaradus to have been described from fossils found in Dominican amber after Termitaradus avitinquilinus and Termitaradus mitnicki.
Nesagapostemon is an extinct monotypic genus of sweat bee that lived many million years ago. The genus name Nesagapostemon is derived from a combination of the Greek nisos, meaning “island,” and Agapostemon, a similar genus of halictids that may be related.
Toxolabis is an extinct genus of earwig in the dermapteran family Anisolabididae known from a Cretaceous fossil found in Burma. The genus contains a single described species, Toxolabis zigrasi.
Dryinus grimaldii is an extinct species of wasp in the dryinid genus Dryinus. The species is solely known from the early Miocene Burdigalian stage, from Dominican amber deposits on the island of Hispaniola.
Anochetus conisquamis is an extinct species of ant in the subfamily Ponerinae known from one possibly Miocene fossil found on Hispaniola. It is one of eight species in the ant genus Anochetus to have been described from fossils found in Dominican amber and is one of a number of Anochetus species found in the Greater Antilles.