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    FOSSIL PRAYING MANTIS
    Mantodea order
    Eocene
    Green River Formation, Colorado

    The praying mantis order, Mantodea, has been around since the Cretaceous and can currently be found as 2200 species around the world. The fossil record for the mantis is limited since the praying mantis is an active predator and therefore there are fewer of them compared to other insects. While most mantises prey on insects, some larger species have been observed catching and consuming lizards, frogs, snakes, birds, and even small mammals. This piece of matrix from the 48 million year old Green River Formation features a large mantis with remarkable color pattern preservation on its wings. The praying mantis has fine features, including detailed venation on its wings, patterned antennae, and even the imprints of its eyes; details that are rarely preserved as fossils. Also on the plate, attesting to the richness of the Green River Formation: a nice fossil cricket, two fossil cockroaches, several fossil flies, and a large fossil leaf. The praying mantis measures 2 ¼ inches from the antennae to the wing tips and the entire plate measures 9 x 9 inches.


    Estimate: $1,800 - $2,400.

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    October, 2010
    17th Sunday
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