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Leptopius Weevil Cacoon

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Leptopius duponti fossil weevil cacoons from the Holocene period found in Elliston, south Australia. Known informally as pixie clogs, the cacoons were spun by the weevils in their pupae stage in order to protect them during metamorphosis into adult beetles. An interesting piece for fossil collectors or educational use to exhibit an example of a ‘trace fossil’, the cacoons are approximately 50 mm in length and 30 mm in diameter and come supplied in a card tray with a label.

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The fossilised remains of weevil cacoons, known as pixie clogs in folklore, these cacoons were produced by the prehistoric insect leptopius duponti, a beetle which lived during the Holocene period, though an exact age for them has yet to be determined. The cacoons are an off white, beige colour and have a single opening on one side, they would have originally been made of plant matter and secretions from the animal to bind the material together and the purpose was to protect the animal during metamorphosis from pupae to adult weevil and when matured, would breakout of the cacoon, hence an opening on one side. The cacoons we stock are roughly 50 mm in length and 30 mm in diameter and come supplied in a card tray with an information label.

Weight 130 g
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