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As you go through these pages, if there is any type of specimen you do not see but are interested in, please feel free to contact us, we have a rather large inventory. I suspect we can fill your needs, even if you are in need of a particular beetle family or another specific request- we have it!

New species of Planthopper discovered. An interview in 2014.

New Sumatran Amber Received

All specimens on this page are from the Dominican Republic and about 24 million years old.



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1. Some things in amber are just plain hard to find. For instance, mosquito's are rather rare. The resin does not attract mosquito's and so any mosquito trapped in amber just happened to be flying past and became stuck in the resin. amber Everyone wants mosquito's, but they are very, very hard to find. Even rarer are ticks. The only way a tick can get into amber is that a mammal brushed up against the resin and the tick came off and became stuck. Like mosquito's, ticks are not attracted to resins and are found on mammals and similar animals. Here is the rare tick - it is called a 'hard tick', Acarina, Ixodidae, genus Amblyomma. This piece of amber is not large, but ticks are rather small anyway. This is the elusive animal that collectors always want. By they way, it does appear that the body is swollen.
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2. Larval case of a tineid moth. Tineid caterpillars lived in portable, protective cases that were made out of waste, and faecal material. These moth larvae (Tinediae:Lepidoptera) prefer to construct protective cases that are carried along as they feed and are used as a refuge when danger threatens. These are fairly rare and seldom seen. There is also a caddis fly off to the side. Not far away is a strange ant. The ant is small and appears that it is laying eggs (it is not - this is a worker ant). The eggs must have been from a insect that managed to get away. Finally there is a gall gnat. Cecidomyiidae, not too far away. I even found a parasitic wasp. Hymenoptera, and then a small male spider . There is also a small beetle larvae.
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3. This is just a good piece of amber showing a small flower on the edge. The flower is a legume (Leguminoseae) flower. You can see the stamens dancing in the wind.
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amber 4. Bristletails, Thysanura, are not common, especially in this good of shape. This is a large piece of amber with a lot inside. There are also two female worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, also an ant head (lost in the heat of battle), 1 midge, Chironomidae and a nice fly, Diptera, Brachycera. Good piece for someone's collection.
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5. I like this piece. Probably because I like spider webs. This has part of a web that appears that it was dragged though the sticky resin. There is a leaflet that looks like something took a bite out of it. Not amber far away is an elongate springtail, family Etomobryidae, order Collembola.

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6. amber There are a bunch of flat footed ambrosia beetles, Coleoptera, Platypodidae, in this good sized piece of amber. Also there are 2 leaf beetles, Chrysomelidae. This is a cool piece with lots inside.
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7. There has always been something fascinating about weevils. It has to do with their strange shape (although many other beetles are strange). While Coleoptera is way to complicated for me, this weevil, superfamily Curculionoidea is positively cool. As with this specimen, adults are plant feeders and are 'important' crop pests. Also in this Dominican amber is a midge, Chironomidae, a fly and even a small Bryophyte sprig. Very clear and good piece.amber

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amber8. Rarely seen on planthoppers is a brush tail on this little guy. The young produce a tail of long wax filaments from an area near the tip of the abdomen. Being refractive, they are very noticeable, causing a predator to strike at the tail. The predator ends up with a mouth full of waxy filaments while the now 'Tail-less" planthopper darts away.
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amber9. I love amber when it tells a story. This does have a perfect male midge, Diptera, Chironomidae. You can see the details of the body particularly well under the microscope (see the pictures). That is not the specialty of this piece. 24 million years ago, a mammal brushed up against the sticky resin and when it walked away, 2 or 3 stands of its hair were torn from it's body and became stuck in the resin. It even looks like a very small part of the skin came with them. While this is only a few strands, they are fairly long and in very good shape. I do wonder what the animal that lost the hairs really was.

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10. Everyone loves termites in amber. This great piece has 2 worker termites. There are also what appears to be a number of coprolites scattered around the termites. Fun piece to look at (good price on this one).amber

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11. Ever wanted to give your loved one a flower? This is it. In fact, this piece of Dominican amber, 24 million years old, screams to be made into a pendant. The is a flower from a legume plant. Talking about flowers that last...................
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amber12. This has a plant bug, Hemiptera, family Miridae. Rather unusual to see these animals in amber. The piece of amber is cab shaped.
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amber13. There are 3 winged termites, Isoptera, in this amber. Very unusual to find even 1. On top of that there is a wasp and some other unknown Dipteran (the elongated abdomen.) Good piece to round off a collection.
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amber14. This is a great piece. You can pick it up and easily see a large, female worker ant (sterile), Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Not far away is a small moth and near that is a strange spherical looking object. It looks like an eye cup that came off another animal, although I have never heard of that happening. There is also a barklouse, Psocoptera. This is one of the better pieces.
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amber15. 241 grams (1/2 pound) of pure, clear Dominican amber. Just a beautiful piece. You can see clear through this piece. As is evident from the images, this is not polished. One side of it was cut with a diamond saw (you can see the blade marks). Quite this piece and it is priced at seven dollars per gram. It is about 3 x 3 x 3 inches.
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16. amberBody parts all over this piece. What is stranger, I cannot identify the body parts. I can tell you it is rather unique to see. Hairy legs all over the place - a spider? If a spider, this is a rather large one. You can even see on one leg, the loss of hairs as the leg was dragged. Rather strange and rather cool. There is one body part with an en-hydro (moving air bubble).

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17. Just one ant in a simple piece of Dominican amber. But oh boy, what an ant. Hymenoptera, Formicidae. By the way, there is a small mite (also unusual) and near the queen, there are the remains of a spider web (not a lot, but ambersome). All in all, this makes for a very special piece of amber.
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amber18. One lone beetle awash in a sea of yellow. This has a Bark Beetle, Coleoptera, family Scolytidae. As I commented earlier the scolytid beetles are still found on the few Hymenaea(algarrobo) trees here in the Dominican Republic, under the bark and in the seed pods. Off to the side is a very pretty Chalcidid wasp, Hymenoptera family Chalcididae. This piece is flat on one side and teardrop shape for the rest.
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19. Nice cab shape. This Dominican amber contains one of the larger click beetles that I have seen. Actually, this is an ideal specimen for a click beetle, Coleoptera, Elateridae. The click sound that emanates from them is due to the movement they make when they right themselves from being upside down.
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amber20. A very nice cockroach, Orthoptera, Blatteridae. The piece is small and clear. The roach is a good example of Orthoptera.
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21. A large, irregular shaped piece of amber, probably more suited to making a pendant. This amber has a large winged termite, Isoptera, along with a few miscellaneous termite wings.amber
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amber22. You are going to love this one. There is a roach, Blattidae off to the side. "He" is complete. There is an unusual fungus looking white area near the back. In fact it looks like there is rope (it is not rope) going around the unknown malady of the roach.
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amber23. Big piece of amber. Has lots of ancient air bubbles that sometimes get in the way. Many of them have non moving air bubbles. There is a leaf, a good spider, 1 millipede, a fly, 1 gnat, a crane fly with legs scattered and who knows how much else. A lot of fun to look at under a microscope.

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amber24. Need a good level - this en-hydro is large enough to serve as a carpenter's level. Rather rare to get such a large bubble as this. It is so easy to see the bubble move as the large piece is tilted. I have never seen one as good as this. It is a real beauty. I even tried to take a movie of the piece as it is titled. With this amount of water, I must extend this description for a little 'science fiction'. The water is 24 million years old. Just image what bacteria or viruses were around at that time. Now consider that they could still be inside the water in the amber. If you were to break open the amber and expose the water and in this case virus in the water, you might be exposing the world to a virus that might wipe out the human race.............. I think I could see science fiction story from this idea.
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amber25. There is a story with this one. There is almost a dozen male fungus gnats, Diptera, Mycetophilidae, trapped in this amber. They were probably out on a Saturday night looking for mates and flew into the sticky resin, where they still are 24 million years ago. Cool piece.
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amber26. Large chunk of amber that is very clear and has some beautiful, small animals. By far and the best are two crane flies, Tipulidae that look (to me) like a pair. The legs around the animals are breath taking. It is truly a joy to look at. Also, there are some other small ants and flies - but the eye catching item are the two crane flies.
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amber27. We do not normally put such an expensive item on the first page, but this is good enough just because it is so fun to look at. If you haven't guessed, this is a butterfly, metalmark family possibly the genus Napaea (Riodinidae: Lepidoptera), but it is difficult to see the ventral side of the head. Just in case you do not know, wings are not normally spread in amber. This specimen is totally beautiful and so very unique that it has to be shown on this page. And yes, it does have it's own page. Enjoy these pictures since you will probably never see a butterfly with it's wings spread like this one again. Believe it or not, this is priced to sell quickly.
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28. What a gorgeous piece of Dominican amber. Only partly polished so that when you look into this amber it is like looking into a clear lake. It even has a very light blue hue to it. I love this piece, you can get lost looking into it. It is 37.5 grams and about 2.5 x 2 x .5 inches. This is one impressive piece.


amber29. This is a teaching piece. The feature that jumps out at you are the circular marks on the amber. This has a portion of an amber tube. That is where the amber flows upon itself, layer upon layer. This is rather good for that. It does have a spider near the center and a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae.
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30. Have we got a great deal for you. We just got back from the Dominican Republic and bought a "bag full" of old pendants like the ones to the left. Some have bugs, most do not, but each one is special and hand done. Since we got such a good deal on them, we pass it on to you, these are only $25 each. You do not get to pick, this will be a situation where we reach into the bag and pull out one randomly. This is a real, real good deal. Our numbers are limited though.
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loupeWe have been looking for a good jewel er's loupe that will not break the bank. This is it. Well built, good optics and something that everyone can afford. Our main goal with this loupe was that it would be a triplet loupe, have good optics and would not break the next day. Finally we wanted a loupe that you could give to a kid (or use yourself) and then not have to cry when the child lost the loupe. This just fits the bill every way around. You will love it. This is a 10X loupe (even though it does say 20X). It has all the power you will ever need.
This has it's own page also.

10, 7mm beads

10, 8mm beads

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amberWe just picked up a number of Dominican Republic amber beads. All are rather clear and beautiful. The sizes range from around 5 mm to 11 mm, although there are a number that are larger. The price is $14 per gram. We weighed a 5-6 mm bead and it weighed about .5 gram.

amberThat should give you a general reference. If you are interested in quantities other than on the left, email us and let us know general sizes and the numbered desired.

An authentic touch screen scale. It has a lid that opens up to an impressive touch screen scale. It is 4.5 x 2.5 inches x .5 inches deep. Very nicely built - this beauty even comes with a pouch so it does not get scratched. This is really a nice instrument AND they are on sale for only $18.95 (down from $27.85).

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