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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.

New Sumatran Amber Received

New amber monster offered for sale.

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

 

 

 
Sale Price
Description of the Specimen

 

$48

1. amber Beautiful piece of amber. It is very clear and a light yellow. Inside is part of a twig (a ripped off portion of the twig - small). Off to the side of the twig is a beautiful spider. The spider is small, but under the microscope, is very nice. There are a couple of wasps also.


Scanned Image!

$55
SOLD

 

2. Planthoppers unite - this is a beauty of a planthopper, Homoptera, Fulgoridea. You can even see the facets of the eye and other body parts. You will enjoy these pictures.
Scanned Image!
$276
SOLD

3. This is a special piece of amber. If the picture below did not catch your eye, then I do not think anything will. First, there is a nice set of termite wings, impressive. Then there is a small pair of female worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Also a beetle, Coleoptera. Finally and hold on, there is some mammalian hair. This is very rare and seldom seen. A mammal (unknown) must have brushed up against the sticky resin and then the animal pulled away and left a number of hairs. This is very cool and very special.
Scanned Image!

 

 

$71


4. This one is just fun to look at since there is so much in this cab shaped piece. The amber is VERY clear and makes it easy. (A magnifying glass helps.) There are at least 3 gall gnats, Diptera, Cecidomyiidae, 1 spider, a fly, Nematocera and a curled ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.
Scanned Image.

$75

 

5. A nice sized bit of Dominican amber. There is forest debris throughout the piece (makes it cool). The best part of this amber are the termite wings. This would make a great pendant (all I can think about is the song...'you are the wind beneath my wings....) Good piece.


Scanned Image.

$ 72
SOLD
6. If that picture doesn't catch your attention, nothing will. Subfamily Dolicoderinae, you will find the spikes after the head to be very telling. The amber is flattish and has numerous air bubbles. So many they prevented me from taking pictures on the other side of the ant. Neat ant.
Scanned Image!
$91
SOLD
7. A wonderfully clear piece of amber that has 2 crane flies, Tipulidae. Crane flies are the flies that have very long legs. With one of these flies, you can even see the facets of the theirs eyes.
Scanned Image

$42

8. Subfamily Myrmicinae, the Myrmicines range greatly in size, with the smallest about 1 mm long and the largest up to 10 mm. There is a small Myrmicine in this cloudy piece of amber. In addition there appears to be a larvae or nymph on the other side. There are a number of gnats (8?) and also a springtail. The surface is slightly crazed.
Scanned Image!
$439


9. There is a caddis fly, Trichoptera, a moth fly, a fungus gnat Diptera, Mycetophilidae and - hang on - a webspinner. Very rare and this is a great specimen. This happens to be a male webspinner, Embioptera. The primary feature of webspinners is their snake-like heads, with forelegs short and stout. Webspinners have glands on their front legs that emit silk to line their galleries in debris under bark. At the end there are 2 short tails, cerci, usually asymmetrical and can be mistaken for termites. Webspinners are rarely found in amber.

Scanned Image!

$51
SOLD

10. There is something cool about an air bubble in water. This piece has an 'en-hydro' - not huge, but just big enough to see. It is really cool to imagine that this is water from 24 million years ago. Just think, if it contained a virus and was accidentally broken, it might wipe out life as we know it. Bottom line, you had better not break this one. It does have a planthopper, Fulgoridea, but it is not anything special - the en hydro is, the planthopper isn't. I do believe there is an ant also in the amber.


Scanned Image

$87

11. A smallish piece of Dominican amber with a gorgeous planthopper, Homoptera, Fulgoroidea on one side. The details are amazing.
Scanned Image!
$39
SOLD
#4 Subfamily Myrmicinae, this piece of amber has some areas that look like leaf inclusions (they are not though.) There is a nice wasp near the ant. The surface has some glazing
Scanned Image!
$95
13. 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.
Scanned Image!
$42
SOLD
14. This cab has a winged termite at one end, Isoptera. The other end has some type of animal (spider?), but it is hard to identify because part of it is not there. The termite is nice.
Scanned Image
$139
15. Flower parts galore. There are leaves, stems all over this large piece of amber. In fact items are so large, that microscopic pictures are not as good as the scans. It is unusual to get this many large pieces of plants in amber.
Scanned Image!
$74

16. 1.25 mm x 18 mm x 9 mm (1 inch x .75 inches x .33 inches) this stone is 3.7 grams, or 18 carats. The facets are equal even though the image does not look like it - an artifact of the scanner.
Scanned Image!
$428

17. Just one ant in a simple piece of Dominican amber. But oh boy, what an ant. This is a real queen ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae. As rare as hens teeth - queen ants are not commonly found and when found are a rare treasure indeed. Enjoy this rarity. 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 some). All in all, this makes for a very special piece of amber.
Scanned Image!
$68

18. 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.
Scanned Image!

$77
19. Not a huge piece, but a perfect piece that contains a very nice immature roach, Orthoptera, Blattidae.
Scanned Image!
$82

20. A beautiful amber piece with a rather large female worker ant. the ant is curled, so it is difficult to see her at one time - but it is a good piece.
Scanned Image!
$38
21. This has a lot in it. The piece is not large, but the animals are cool. It has a small but perfect spider, a moth fly and an unknown. You need a good magnifier for this one.
Scanned Image!
$85
22. 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.
Scanned Image!
$39
SOLD

23. This is different. The amber has lots of old air bubbles. Only one, 'small' mite is there, Acarina, Trombidiiae(?). At the anterior end of the mite is a decomposition bubble.

Scanned Image!

$71


24. This has a small to medium planthopper, Homoptera, Fulgoridea. The great thing here are the wings. You can see the pattern on the wings - after 24 million years, the pattern is still visible. That is a very unusual situation. Good piece.
Scanned Image!
$88

25. 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.
Scanned Image!
$58
SOLD

26. There is a mite sitting on top of what looks like part of a petiole. This is a fun piece, you cannot go wrong with mites. This is even pretty good sized (as far as mites go.)
Scanned Image!

$62
SOLD
27. A good sized piece of Dominican amber. It is very clear and does not have a lot inside...........except.........a beautiful (small) moth fly. The Nematocera family Psychodidae are small true flies with short, hairy bodies and wings giving them a "furry" moth-like appearance. For some reason, I really like these little guys.
Scanned Image!
$105
SOLD

28. An assassin bug, Hemiptera, Reduviidae. This is a bloodsucking parasite on mammals. In 1835 Charles Darwin in western Argentina, was bitten by a similar insect, and contracted Chagas' disease. The assassin bug is fairly easy to see.
Scanned Image

 

 

 

$77

29. The surface of this piece has numerous crazing around it (it can be polished out). That is the negative part - here is the positive part - it also has a large pyritized liverwort. It looks really nice. There is also a fly and an ant. Also has a springtail, Collembola.
Scanned Image!

$24

30. Have we got a great deal for you. We just got back from the Dominican Republic and bought a "bag full" of 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.
Scanned Image!

$7.15

We 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.

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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Also there is a unique site for exclusive and specialized Dominican amber at the Amber Mine.

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