Ancient Thrip in Action
Reconstruction of Gymnospollisthrips with pollen attached to the body over an ovulate organ of a gingko.
A synchrotron X-ray image of the specimen of Gymnospollisthrips minor, showing the pollen grains (yellow) covering its body.
This photo taken under a microscope reveals Gymnosperm pollen, attached to the abdomen and wing of a Gymnopollisthrips fossilized insect inclusion in amber.
Trapped in amber, a specimen of Gymnospollisthrips maior with pollen grains attached to itsbody.
The researchers used synchrotron X-ray tomography to get a close look at the thrip and attached pollen grains veiled by the amber. Shown here, an amber sample mounted in the microtomograph to be imaged.