Insect fossil from Smokejacks quarry

By October 19, 2017News

Found by one of the SDGS members from Smokejacks quarry an interesting specimen on this sideritic ironstone nodule, measuring under a 1.0mm approximately 0.3mm in length, was quite difficult to photograph.

Sideritic ironstone nodule

Partial Cockroach


Partial Cockroach


The insect is has now been confirmed as cockroach. See the cockroach chapter in English Wealden fossils (p.177, text-fig. 14.2B) for a good comparison. It would be difficult to put an exact species on it as not all the cockroaches have been described, and apparently need the complete wing.

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