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Click Beetle Fossil Elateridae from Green River Fm. Colorado

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Click Beetle Fossil Elateridae from Green River Fm. Colorado
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Elaterid (Click Beetle)

Age : Eocene (48 Ma)
Formation : Parachute Creek Member / Green River Formation
Locality : Hawes Quarry, Rio Blanco, Colorado

Beetle : 1 x 0.3 cm

Elateridae are commonly called click beetles (or "typical click beetles" to distinguish them from the related Cerophytidae and Eucnemidae). Other names include elaters, snapping beetles, spring beetles or skipjacks. There are a few closely related families in which a few members have the same mechanism, but all elaterids can click. A spine on the prosternum can be snapped into a corresponding notch on the mesosternum, producing a violent "click" that can bounce the beetle into the air. Clicking is mainly used to avoid predation, although it is also useful when the beetle is on its back and needs to right itself.
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The Green River Formation is famous worldwide for its fossil fish and other associated fauna (reptiles, birds, mammals, & plants). The Green River Fm. also provides us a rare snapshot glimpse into life 49 million years ago.

The preservation of the fossil insects in the Hawes Quarry are just spectacular, some good enough to allow not only identification to family and subfamily, but will sometimes show color patterns, wing venation, and sex-related characters.

This fossil specimen was collected by William Hawes, from his quarry, the Hawes Quarry, in Rio Blanco County, Colorado. The Hawes Quarry has produced some of the most amazingly beautiful insect fossils from the Green River Fm. and these represent the hand selected, choice picks, from Hawes years of collecting in the mountains of Colorado.

Specimen will come with an identification card.

Scientific Classification :
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Elateroidea
Family: Elateridae (Leach, 1815)

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