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Mosquito in amber

Mosquito in amber, mosquitos are the deadliest known creatures to man.

female mosquito in amber

The mosquito below has an interesting double mouth

mosquito in amber


Burmaculex antiquus Borkent & Grimaldi, 2004
Borkent, A. & Grimaldi, D.A. 2004. The earliest fossil mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae), in Mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 97(5): 882-888.
Borkent, A. & Grimaldi, D.A. 2016. The Cretaceous fossil Burmaculex antiquus confirmed as the earliest known lineage of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae). Zootaxa, 4079(4), 457-466.
Harbach, R.E. 2007. The Culicidae (Diptera): a review of taxonomy, classification and phylogeny. Zootaxa, 1668, 591-638.

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