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Cretaceous stick insect fossil mimics Ginkgo foliage

Cretophasmomima melanogramma and Membranifolia admirabilis


Stick insect on Membranifolia admirabilis
Cretophasmomima m. at the right.
Left: a less camouflaged early orthopteran, Parahagla sibirica,  is captured by the mammal Eomaia scansoria.
Early Cretaceous stick insect (Cretophasmomima melanogramma) adapted to live alongside early Cretaceous plants by protective mimicry. This fossil was found in Inner Mongolia, China, in the Yixian Formation, known as the Jehol biota, dated between 122-130 million years ago. It is the earliest known example of stick insect mimicry.
This insect mimics the leaves of  Membranifolia admirabilis, related to Ginkgo biloba which was common then, but is extinct today. The dark straight veins in the wings in this fossil, when the wings are folded over the back,  closely resembled M. admirabilis.
The insect evolved to look like these leaves, including their shade of green, and concealed itself from predators by blending in the foliage.

Images and free article from PLOS ONE: Under cover at pre-angiosperm times: a cloaked Phasmatodean insect from the early Cretaceous Jehol biota. Wang M, Béthoux O, Bradler S, Jacques FMB, Cui Y, et al. (March 19, 2014).
PLOS ONE 9(3): e91290. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091290.



New Ginkgo cultivars and names list
The New Ornamentals Society just released a new Ginkgo checklist recognizing 197 different cultivars and over 230 total names. This is part of the subscription to 'Cultivars of woody plants' by Laurence C. Hatch.
A free sample of this document is available at: http://members.tripod.com/~Hatch_L/ginkgo.pdf



 
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February 2014: 1000+ followers on Twitter. I started The Ginkgo Tweets on February 7, 2013, so -> 
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Washington Ginkgo mistakenly cut down
Washington D.C., Farragut Square, near White House:
A historic Ginkgo tree, the largest Ginkgo in Washington,  was mistakenly cut down. The male tree was 102 feet tall, with a crown spread of 79 feet and trunk circumference of 142 inches.
The National Park Service said the contractor was supposed to cut down a dead ash tree on the other side of the park. There was nothing wrong with the Ginkgo.
Historian Jonathan Pliska wrote the Ginkgo was probably planted in 1873 or earlier and been incorporated into the design of the square, which honors Adm. David Glasgow Farragut.
Read more in this column by John Kelly in the Washington Post. Update and video on my blog.



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Chinese song: the Ginkgo leaf is a symbol of love in people's life.
 



 
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