Description of the Specimen
1. There are a lot of beetles here.
In fact there are two types. There are 6 bark beetles, Coleoptera, Scolytidae and 2 flat footed ambrosia beetles, Coleoptera, Platypodidae.
2. Small piece of amber. Hard to believe that there are 6 to 8 female worker ants stashed into this amber, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.
I think this is a
caddis fly, Diptera,
Trichoptera, it could be a moth, since it was difficult to
mouth area. This is a very nice caddis fly though. Also included
in this piece is a
fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae and very an
unusual mite (good sized).
I have always like plant parts in amber. Here is the stem from a leaf - and just a beautiful piece. Lots of animals buzzing around inside, a midge, gnat and fly. Great fun to look at.
Good cab shape with a small bristletail, Thysanura. There are also some en-hydros, an unknown animal and one of the tails, probably, to the bristletail.
This has a single, nice, flat footed ambrosia beetle, Coleoptera, Platypodidae.
I love this piece. I get a kick out of looking at organic debris and air bubble without a microscope. This has everything. It even has a couple of worker termites, Isoptera to boot. A very fun piece - just think about the 'ancient air' that has been trapped for 24 million years.
8. On the side is a nice looking crane fly (if you haven't guessed by now). The cab has good color and is a good shape.
This has some of the strangest animals. I am not sure on all of them. There is a mite, an unknown true bug, Hemiptera and a bunch other stuff. This is a very interesting piece of amber.
Here is a pseudoscorpion. Pseudoscorpions
are very small - this being no exception. They are very uncommon
in amber and command the highest of prices. This one is at
the edge of the small piece of very clear amber, and is complete.
It does not show hardly at all on the scan. Since is a pseudoscorpion
all by itself on this page - the price is VERY good for this specimen!
The amber is a round cab shape.
A small parasitic wasp, Hymenoptera and two really cool looking, collapsed air bubbles. Just think these bubbles contain air from 24 million years ago. Scanned
Here is a good sized piece of amber. It contains 3 or 4 Tropical Stingless Bees's, Hymenoptera, Melipodidae, genus Proplebeia, species, dominicana. There is also a gall midge in this piece. Great price.
This is one that you do not run across very often. There is a tick in the amber. Ticks are VERY uncommon and seldom found in amber. I can count on two hands the ticks I have found. They are not attracted to resin and only end up there (in amber) when a mammals brushes up against the resin or the ticks 'jumps' or falls from a mammal. Who knows, maybe this tick just finished dinner on a dinosaur.
14. Smallish piece of Dominican amber with a female ant, Hymenoptera, Ponerinae, Gnamptogenys - unusual.
This is plain sharp. No animals in this amber, but it has a line of air bubbles that are straight. Just neat, this will be a great addition for anyone's collection.
16. This is an interesting
piece of amber. It has a plant part - although I am not sure
what it is. Possibly it is a plant leaflet. There is also a small
Reddish piece of Dominican amber that contains a nice cricket.
The cricket, Orthoptera, has a decomposition gas coming from what
looks like the mouth area. You can see the pattern on the hind
leg. Also has
18. Very clear piece of amber that contains a nice leaf beetle, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidea. A good piece.
Nice piece with a tropical stingless bee (very easily seen), Hymenoptera, Melipodidae. Also there is some impressive layering from successive resin flows - cool to look at.
Some things are cool and then some things are really cool. This is really cool. It is an unknown coprolite. My guess is that this is from a snail. Look at the pictures closely - neat.
This is a good sized piece of amber with a very clear interior.
The insects are beautiful. The detail will really shock you
(at least under a microscope...). There are a couple of good
looking black scavenger flies, Diptera, Scatopsidae. Just one
heck of a piece.
22. Here you will find a winged
termite in all it's glory. There is even another pair of wings
next to the unlucky fellow who died
24 million years ago.
I have never seen anything just like this one. The amber has a bunch of termite nymphs, Mastotermes. But there is a white coating on all the animals. Now, sometimes I see something like this in Baltic amber, but never in Dominican amber. I do not know what type of conditions bring about this type of preservation about.
This piece has 2 sterile female ants. One
is curled and the other
stretched out. There appears to be some organic debris here
possibly from a wood boring beetle. Nice piece.
I love pieces like this. There is a small gnat, nothing big......... but when you look around you can see the remains of a spider web. Very cool.
2 pinhole borer beetles, Order Coleoptera, Family Platypodidae.
This is a large piece, 3 by 3 inches. There are lots of organic
debris and some tubular waste looking items, along with many air
bubbles, a wasp and lots of other stuff. In particular, I love the single head of an ant - a battle that was not won.
Beautiful piece of Dominican amber with a single, well formed, minute black scavenger fly, Diptera, Scatopsidae - at a good price also.
Here is a very large piece of amber, 21.6 grams, mostly polished, but two sides are not (makes it look better). There is what looks like a stick going through the dark amber and this also has 3 worker termites scattered in the fossilized resin. Cool piece, good sized.
A small piece of amber with 3 leaf beetles, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae.
I think I saved the best for last. This is a superior piece. It is suited for a museum display case. This has a a large adult planthopper with the wings spread, Homoptera, Fulgoridea. This is as good as they get. It will mark anyone's amber collection as quality. On the other hand, if you made a pendant from this - oh, impressive....... There is also a beautiful winged termite, Isoptera (which norm ally would sell this piece without the planthopper.)
A clear piece with perfect color. Inside this amber tomb is a mite, Acarina, Erythracidae. I love mites............they are cool.
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