(When I went to UA -just short of the Jurassic period – we called these bugs mosquitoes – DD)Support Free Southern Media: Like, Share, Re-Tweet, Re-Post, Subscribe. There’s a lot more to see at our main page, Dixie Drudge! #FreeDixie
(MSN) Michael Skvarla, director of Penn State University’s Insect Identification Lab, found a mysterious large insect outside the Fayetteville super chain’s building – an experience he remembers “vividly.”
“I saw this huge insect on the side of the building,” he said in a press release from Penn State. “I thought it looked interesting, so I put it in my hand and did the rest of my shopping with it between my fingers. I got home, mounted it, and promptly forgot about it for almost a decade.”
Little did he know that years later, the giant flying bug was a “super-rare” Jurassic-era insect.
A zoom call lesson
The scientist originally thought the bug he plucked from the Walmart’s exterior was an antlion. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the insects have:
Fragile, drab damselflies
Four intricately veined wings mottled with browns and black
Clubbed or curved antennae about as long as the combined head and thorax
Enter the fall of 2020: Skvarla was teaching an online course on insect biodiversity and evolution and, during a Zoom call, he realized it wasn’t what he originally thought.
The insect, he learned, was a true conversation piece…Read the Rest: Giant flying bug found on side of Walmart turns out to be ‘super-rare’ Jurassic-era insect