Here we are at the final chapter of Jurassic Insects! Today I’ll be exploring crickets, grasshoppers, and lacewings. Grasshoppers did not appear as we know them today until the Jurassic (though there are plenty of grasshopper-ish things, as usual), but Crickets and Lacewings are known from the Permian. In both of these groups there are many families I have not included here, because if I did we’d be sitting on another post for each of them! So after a brief look down below, I encourage you to take a look at the resources and see the amazing variety of crickets and lacewings that survive to the modern day.
Any sort of list for prehistoric insects was mostly unhelpful. Research for this page mostly involved painstaking unwinding of threads from modern groups, then tracing back on which ones are the oldest and most “primitive” groups. Sometimes Wikipedia had a handy little chart on the upper right-hand corner to say when in time a group of insects appeared, but mostly I went down names of groups one by one to see if there were any fossils from that group, or modern species that look nearly identical to their fossil ancestors.
Once I crawled into the rabbit hole I just had to keep going, even when I realized I’d bitten into quite a bit more than I could chew. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
I am eternally grateful that Wikipedia is such a great resource. From the sheer numbers of insects I discovered I’m afraid I did not have the time to cross reference with other resources, but feel free to look into the many resources Wikipedia lists at the bottom of each article if you want to find out more!
“List of Prehistoric Insects.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_prehistoric_insects#Jurassic
“Insect.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepidoptera#Evolution_and_systematics
“Dicodylia.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dicondylia
“Orthoptera.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthoptera
“Ensifera.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensifera
“Cricket (insect).” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_(insect)
“Prophalangopsidae.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prophalangopsidae
“Tettigoniidae.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tettigoniidae
“Grasshopper.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper
“Neuroptera.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroptera
“Mantispidae.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantispidae
“Kalligrammatidae.” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalligrammatidae
Lewis, D. (2016, February 4). Jurassic-era insect looks just like a modern butterfly: Jurassic “butterflies” helped pollinate ancient plants millions of years before the butterfly even existed. Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jurassic-era-insect-looks-just-modern-butterflies-180958040/
4 thoughts on “Fossil Friday: Insects Part 6”
I love the diverse insect life. I’m excited about what will be the focus of tomorrow.
Thank you! I’m glad you like it. 🙂
So cool to see all the diversity in this group! The lacewings and mantisflies are so pretty. 😀 Wow, I had no idea katydids had ears on their knees! Where are bug ears usually located?
Thank you Brownie, I’m glad you like it! I think most insects have ears on their “knees”, but honestly I know nothing about insect anatomy except for what makes them different from other things often mistaken for insects, like spiders lol. Oh, and the fact that most taste with their feet. 😛
I just happened to come across the katydid and cricket ears in a few articles during my research. I love how there is a whole group of people who study prehistoric insect ears. 😀
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