Mosquitoes are members of the insect Family Culicidae. Insects, belonging to this family possess paired scaled wings, paired halteres, slender bodies, and long legs. They belong to the insect Order Diptera (“true flies”). Mosquitoes are similar to flies though. The differences among the two insects include: scales on the wings of mosquitoes, longer legs and female mosquitoes possessing a long mouth part called proboscis in the female, used for piercing their victim’s skin. The males do not have the proboscis - so when you get bitten by a mosquito, you are being bitten by a female. To find a mosquito in amber is a VERY rare occurrence. Mosquito's are not attracted to the aramaic compounds found in resin (amber). Which means they have no reason to find themselves trapped in that sticky resin from the tree. Gnats and such are attracted to the resin, but not mosquito's. As generally known, mosquito's are attracted by a mammalian scent - not the chemical aroma of a tree. This rare animal can be found at number 10 on www.ambericawest.com/page1.html.
Mantids: Order Orthoptera. Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by their lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees. These are so rare in amber that they are prized by collectors. This is a beautiful piece of Mexican (Chiapas) amber that contains a juvenile praying mantis. So seldom are they seen - even rarer is a perfect one that is displayed like this magnificent beauty. The amber is about 2 inches x 1.5 x .3 inches. Very clear and has one of the best praying mantises that I have ever seen. The mantis is a bit over .25 inches and fully extended. This is really a special piece. What a piece. There is also part of a leaf and a messed up worker ant. Go to the Chiapas amber page and read about this beautiful and rare piece of amber. It is number 18 on the page.
Amber Specials: Each week we put up 2 specimens for sale as our "Sale of the Week" items. These items are dramatically discounted - and as normal there is a 100% guarantee of what you purchase! These are considered overstocked items. Sometimes we are not sure of the identification (which can often be to your advantage) and sometimes there are just a few extra of these rare fossils. However it happens, these are priced to sell - YOU WILL NOT EVER FIND A BETTER PRICE. If you think the price is too good to be true, remember that this is the "specials page" and there are only 2 specials per week. If you are still confused as to why they are so inexpensive, bottom line, this page is considered our "lost leader" page. We have a Dominican amber specials page AND a Baltic amber specials page. New sets were put up on August 16, 2016.
Interesting Facts About Amber
Amber comes in more colors than "amber".
Rare pieces can be even blue or green. Good
blue amber can be 15 times the cost of gold.
Since amber is lighter than salt water, it will
float in salt water. Fakes will often sink.
Amber with insect of plant inclusions
is much more valuable than amber
We have re-designed the amber web site from top to the bottom. The navigation is completely from the bar at the top, just below our logo. We hope the new design does not cause anyone discomfort, but it was necessary. The last re-design was in 1999, so this was long overdue.
New Flower Species
A Rutgers scientist has identified a flower trapped in ancient amber as belonging to a species completely new to science.
Lena Struwe, professor of botany in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, has discovered that two flowers found encased amber for at least 15 million years belong to none of the known 200 species of the genus Strychnos. Therefore, they represent a newly discovered species, Strychnos electri. Struwe coined the species name in honor of its amber origin, since elektron is the Greek word for amber.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-02-amber-species.html#jCp
Amber of the Month
We have offered for many years "amber of the month". This is when each month you are mailed a new identified (usually) species of animal in amber. Sometimes the amber is large, sometimes it is small, but always the value is there. For more information on this fabulous deal, go to http://www.ambericawest.com/amberofthemonthclub