The wasps, bees and ants (Insecta: Vespida=Hymenoptera) from the Insect Limestone (Late Eocene) of the Isle of Wight, UK

  title={The wasps, bees and ants (Insecta: Vespida=Hymenoptera) from the Insect Limestone (Late Eocene) of the Isle of Wight, UK},
  author={Alexander V. Antropov and Sergey A. Belokobylskij and Stephen G. Compton and Gennady M. Dlussky and Andrey I. Khalaim and Victor Kolyada and Mikhail A. Kozlov and Ksenia S. Perfilieva and Alexandr P. Rasnitsyn},
  journal={Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh},
  pages={335 - 446}
ABSTRACT The types and undescribed material of the hymenopteran fossils of the Insect Bed of the Bembridge Marls from the Isle of Wight (UK) are critically revised and studied. A total of 1460 fossils are recorded and attributed to 20 families: Gasteruptiidae s.l. (1); Proctotrupidae (3); Diapriidae (24); Cynipidae (7); Figitidae (6); Pteromalidae (1); Agaonidae (3); Scelionidae (12); Platygastridae (2); Ichneumonidae (32); Braconidae (75); Bethylidae (3); Crabronidae (2); Sphecidae (1); Apidae… 

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  • Peta A. HayesM. Collinson
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 2013
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  • H. Woodward
  • Geology
    Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
  • 1879
There is hardly a spot in the British Islands so well known to geologists at large as the Isle of Wight. Exhibiting, as it does, so many fine and varied natural sections in its cliffs, from the