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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Acanthostichus hispaniolicus is an extinct species of ant in the subfamily Dorylinae known from a group of possibly Miocene fossils found on the island of Hispaniola. It is the first species of the ant genus Acanthostichus to have been described from fossils found in Dominican amber and is the only species of Acanthostichus found in the West Indies.
Zophotermes is an extinct genus of termite in the Isoptera family Rhinotermitidae known through two Eocene fossils found in India. The genus contains a single described species, Zophotermes ashoki, placed in the subfamily Prorhinotermitinae.
Ypresiomyrma is an extinct genus of bulldog ants in the subfamily Myrmeciinae, which contains three described species. One species is known from the Isle of Fur in Denmark and the other two are from the McAbee Fossil Beds in British Columbia, Canada.
Prodryas persephone is an extinct butterfly, known from a single specimen from Eocene rocks. It was the first fossil butterfly to be found in North America, and is unusually well preserved. Its closest relatives are the genera Hypanartia and Antanartia.
Ordralfabetix is an extinct genus of planthopper in the family Lophopidae and contains the single species Ordralfabetix sirophatanis. The species is known only from the Early Eocene, Ypresian stage Oise amber from the Quesnoy locality, in the Oise Department, France.