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Calligrammatid

2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

Where does the Calligrammatid live?

Calligrammatid is the name of a family of extinct insects that resembled modern butterflies.
They lived from the Middle Jurassic to the early Late Cretaceous.
They are sometimes called the "butterflies of the Jurassic" because of their large and colorful wings.
Calligrammatids were widespread across Europe, Asia, and South America.
They have been found in sediments in Germany, England, China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, and Brazil.
Calligrammatids went extinct during the Cretaceous period, possibly due to climate change, volcanic activity, or competition from other insects.

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What does the Calligrammatid look like?

Calligrammatid is the name of an extinct family of insects that resembled modern butterflies, but belonged to a different order called Neuroptera (lacewings).

They had large, colorful wings that were often patterned with spots, stripes, or eyespots.

Some species also had long tails on their hind wings.

Their bodies were covered with dense hairs and their antennae were short and simple.

Calligrammatid lived from the Middle Jurassic to the early Late Cretaceous, about 183 to 94 million years ago, and were found in Europe, Asia, and South America.

Here are some facts about calligrammatids:
  • Calligrammatids are sometimes called the "butterflies of the Jurassic" because they occupied a similar ecological niche as modern butterflies, feeding on nectar and pollen from flowers.

  • These insects had a complex life cycle that involved four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
    Larvae were aquatic and had gills, while the pupae were terrestrial and had cocoons.
    The adults had a short lifespan of only a few days or weeks.

  • Calligrammatids were among the most diverse and abundant insects of their time, with over 50 species described from fossils.
    They had a wide range of wing shapes and sizes, from 2 to 16 cm (0.8 to 6.3 in) in wingspan.
    Some of the largest species were found in Brazil, where they reached the size of a plate.

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