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Spider Web with insects - Hawes Quarry Colorado

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Spider Web with insects - Hawes Quarry Colorado

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A possible accumulation of insects from a web caught in the freshwater lake.

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

plate : 4.5 x 4 in.

Many of these insects are only partials and suggest that a spiders web was caught by the waters flow.

Among the assortment of insect body parts you will find :

2 Spiders


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 and plant 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.