Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
Foss. Rec., 20, 239–244, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-20-239-2017
Foss. Rec., 20, 239–244, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/fr-20-239-2017
Research article
25 Aug 2017
Research article | 25 Aug 2017

The wasp larva's last supper: 100 million years of evolutionary stasis in the larval development of rhopalosomatid wasps (Hymenoptera: Rhopalosomatidae)

Volker Lohrmann and Michael S. Engel

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Amber functions as a window into the past, capable of capturing behaviors frozen for millions of years. Here, we report on the exceptionally rare discovery of a dinosaur-age larva of a stinging wasp, feeding on its cricket host, in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar. It reveals a considerable constancy in the biology of this particular family over the last 100 million years. The excellent preservation of the larva is remarkable and due solely to the fidelity permitted by inclusion in amber.