Polystoechotes punctate, which was thought to be extinct in the eastern United States, was rediscovered in 2012 after more than 5 decades. The giant Jurassic-era insect was found in Arkansas. Jurassic Era occurred some 201.4 million years ago. There is a possibility that a population of this species can be found in remote parts of the Ozark mountains.
What are Polystoechotes punctate?
Polystoechotes punctata is a giant lacewing belonging to the Ithonidae family. It was once found in large numbers across North America. It was believed to have gone extinct in the 1950s. It is suspected to have gone extinct as a consequence of efforts to suppress natural forest fires in the eastern part of North America. The species is described to be a cross between a fly and a moth. The lacewing has mottled wings which it holds tent-like over its body.
Where is Ozark mountain?
The Ozark Mountains are in the USA. It touches the states of Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Usually, mountains are formed due to the folding or faulting of the earth’s surface. Strangely, Ozark was not formed due to either of the processes. These mountains were formed due to erosion. The mountain was once under the sea during the Palezoic era. It had layers of sedimentation. As days passed by, the sediments became rocks.
The Ozarks are not mountain ranges but eroded plateaus. Different rates of erosion in different eras led to the formation of steep-sided mountains.
Natural Forest Fires in North America
Forest fire in North America is commonly referred to as wildfire or bushfire. 85% of the forest fires here are caused by humans. Apart from this, lightning is another major source to cause forest fires here. High dryness is the major cause of forest fires in North America.