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.




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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