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Violin Beetle (Mormolyce phyllodes lyonis)
Violin Beetle (Mormolyce phyllodes lyonis)

Seen here is the only extant specimen of Mormolyce phyllodes lyonis, a species of Violin Beetle discovered by B. Lyons in 1817. This insect, forever preserved in amber, is unique amongst its brethren, Mormolyce hagenbachi, castelnaudi, quadraticollis, and tridens. According to Jardine in The Naturalist's Guide, only five specimens were ever located all prior to 1822. It is presumed this beetle became extinct in the early nineteenth century.

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