This is a report researching Hong Kong local insects. Insect samples were collected and compared to amber fossils. Similarities were pointed out. Fossils were also researched.

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A total number of ten animal specimens were collected and pinned. However, as the investigation concentrates on animal species under the class insecta, only 5 insect species were chosen to be further investigated. The five chosen insect species included: Field Cricket (Diaphanogryllacris laeta), Blue Spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela separate), Yellow-Headed Spider-Hunting Wasp (Leptodialepis bipartitus), Cockroach (Rhabdoblatta sinensis) and Large Brown Cicada (Cryptotympana mimica). The method of this investigation includes capturing and killing the insects collected, identifying them and then they were pinned, mounted and labeled. The insects were compared with dichotomous key. One insect was chosen and was compared to an amber fossil. The Yellow-Headed Spider-Hunting Wasp most resembles the amber fossil selected. The amber fossil selected is that of an Ichneumon Wasp, after careful comparison and observation, it was determined that the two species are related. The amber fossil of the Ichneumon Wasp was compared to the cast fossil of a Lower Cretaceous Wasp and it was concluded that they are also related.

1.0 Introduction: Fossilized insects and the living insects vary in properties and they provide very different levels of information. There are three aims for this investigation. The first is to collect five Hong Kong insect species, identify them and pin them correctly. The second aim is to a local insect specimen to an amber fossil. The third aim is to compare an amber fossil to one other type of fossil. In this investigation, out of the five insect specimens collected, the one most resembles the amber fossil was chosen and was compared to the amber fossilized insect. Then one other type of fossilized insect was researched and compared to the amber fossil. The insect specimens were collected from a hillside on Braemar hill, where insect sampling is legal.

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