Wasp mimicry among palaeocene reduviid bugs from Svalbard

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The enigmatic Svalbard Palaeocene fossil taxon Hymenopterites deperditus is revised, and is neither a wasp nor a plant seed, but turns out to be a bug hemelytra corresponding to the oldest described reduviid bug. It can be attributable to the "emesine-saicine clade". The presence in the Svalbard Palaeocene of this insectivorous bug, showing possible mimicry of a wasp model, confirms the presence of diverse entomofauna and of rather warm palaeoclimatic conditions. Copyright © 2013 T. Wappler et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Wappler, T., Garrouste, R., Engel, M. S., & André, N. (2013). Wasp mimicry among palaeocene reduviid bugs from Svalbard. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 58(4), 883–887. https://doi.org/10.4202/app.2011.0202

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