Thank You Spider, Tarquin, and Gary,
Gary, to answer your question simply, they're rare! I have done a little
research, and any insect remain from Charmouth is a rare find; here is a little
extract from the Lias guide.
"The insect horizons are often laterally variable, for instance insects
are in the Flatstones at Stonebarrow, however they are very rare in the
Flatstones at Black Ven" ¢¢â¬¢â¬Å and where did I find it, to make the find even
more fantastic, Black Ven!!
After a little research it appears the nomenclature of the
Lias Insects is rather lacking. There are only 8 species recorded, in
particular, Archaeolepis mane fits the photo quite nicely. It is a moth wing,
and there has only ever been one recorded specimen of this fossil, that was a partial
containing two wings with scales. The only recorded specimen was found at Black
Ven as well, could it be this (Moth Wing), or perhaps a beetle wing as
What would you suggest I should do with this find; obviously
it is rare, but how rare? Looking on the Charmouth Heritage Centre website it
is a Category two find, which should be reported, I will of course report it.
Would it be worth contacting anybody else as well though, NHM?