Story: Insects – overview

Fossil beetle wing case

Fossil beetle wing case

One of the few insect fossils known from New Zealand was discovered by dinosaur hunter Joan Wiffen in a rock in the Mangahouanga Stream, Hawke’s Bay. It is the wing case of a beetle, and is thought to be 65–86 million years old. This fossil is part of the GNS Science National Paleontological Collection.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Origin of New Zealand’s insects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007