oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A new collection of insects from the Upper Triassic of South Africa

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



A second collection of insect fossils from Bird's River and a single specimen from Mount Fletcher are descriptionbed and illustrated. Meganisoptera, Odonata, Plecoptera and Lepidoptera are recorded for the fauna, bringing the number of orders known to 11. Meganisoptera are rarely recorded from strata as late as the Triassic. Lepidoptera have not previously been recognized in strata older than the Cretaceous. Large cicada-like Homoptera were a feature of the fauna. A cercopoid homopteran has unique lobes on the margin of the clavus that would produce a cryptic pattern when the wings are folded. The known fauna of 33 species from the Molteno Formation is listed.

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