Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Gracillariid Leaf Mine Fossil

Leaf mine fossil made by moth caterpillar (Gracillariid sp.) from the Cretaceous Period.  Fossil on display (2010) at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Washington D.C.

Display lists it as "The scar on this fossil leaf shows where a moth tunneled into the leaf to feed on the plant tissue."

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