Eocene Green River Undescribed Fulgoridae
Undescribed Fulgoridae (Hemiptera)
Green River Formation
Parachute Creek Member
Middle Eocene
Uintah County, Utah
Here is a good specimen of an undescribed representative of the family Fulgoridae Order Hemiptera or True Bugs. Even though the fossil is faint the entire body is present and also the wings.
The family Fulgoridae is a large group of hemipteran insects, especially abundant and diverse in the tropics, containing over 125 living genera worldwide. They are mostly of moderate to large size, many with a superficial resemblance to Lepidoptera due to their brilliant and varied coloration. Various genera and species (especially the genera Fulgora and Pyrops) are sometimes referred to as lanternflies or lanthorn flies, though they do not emit light.