This is a fossil Dragonfly plate, Libellulium longialatum. Upper Jurassic. Solnhofen Limestone. Eichstätt, Bavaria, Germany
This specimen measures approximately 4.25" x 5.25" at the widest parts.
The fossil dragonfly Libellulium longialatum is recognizable by the large and powerful structure of its wings, which are very clearly shown in this awesome specimen. This 150 million year old tile is cut from the famous limestone deposit in Germany known as Solnhofen, which is renowned for producing fossils of exceptional preservation. This "negative" fossil dragonfly has an orangey hue and is situated on an attractive block of tan and orange limestone with an amazing flower like pattern below it, that makes me think that the ancient and fossilized dragonfly is about to take off from the red and yellow flower pedal "runway" in this Jurassic scene!. The overall preservation of this piece is outstanding with the wings and body of the dragonfly outstretched and very well detailed. The tail is also quite interesting. This tile is in great condition for something being over 150million years old!