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Baltic Amber

Item 1

This is a rare piece. First there is a twig (or the remains of a twig) going through the amber. But much more importantly, there is a Bristletail, Apterygota, Zygentoma. These are wingless true insects. This particular one is fairly good sized. A superb example of a Bristletail in Baltic amber.

 

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$189

Item 2

A round, thick coin shaped piece of amber. Inside is a small, nice spider.

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$48

Item 3

This is a large mite - very large. And it brings to mind the poem, "big fleas have littler fleas and littler fleas have smaller fleas, ad infinitum" Take a close look - is that another mite on this mite? While I do not think so, it is an animal. This is really cool. No matter what, there is one heck of a story here.

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$99

Item 5

Mayfly - Order Ephemeroptera. Mayfly eggs are laid in water and are hatched within one to two weeks. The nymphs develop for a year or more in water. When they emerge into the air, their life span is counted in hours. Mayflies are very rare in amber. This particular mayfly is in a nice piece of amber, but it is difficult to see. Many microscopic air bubbles impede clear visualization of the animal. Needless to say, this is not a 'cleared' piece of Baltic amber.

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$538

Item 6

Baltic amber - extremely rare male wedge-shaped beetle (Rhipiphoridae).

They are one of the most unusual beetle families, in that they are parasitoids - different groups within the family attack different hosts, but most are associated with bees or vespid wasps, while some others are associated with roaches. They often have abbreviated elytra, and branched antennae.
Those that attack bees typically lay their eggs on flowers, where they hatch almost immediately into small planidium larvae that wait for a passing host. They grab onto a bee when it visits the flower, and ride it back to its nest, where they disembark and enter a cell with a host larva. The beetle larva then enters the body of the host larva, where it waits while the larva grows. When the host pupates, the beetle larva migrates to the outside of its body and begins to feed, eventually consuming it.

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$290

Item 7

Here is a cubical piece of clear amber with a single female worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae. The details are very good

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$39

Item 8

A small piece of Baltic amber with a spider.

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$22

Item 9

Here is a beautiful cricket, Orthoptera. The cricket is not large, but the details are outstanding. Really cool - and well priced. There are also 3 small scale insects, Coccidae.

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SOLD

Item 10

You do not see Ichneumonid wasps very often - here one is. Ichneumonid wasps parasitize other insects, either the larval form or the adult form, often laying eggs in the body and then the 'babies' eat their host from the inside out. Rather interesting form of development.

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$85

Item 11

Nice flat piece of Baltic amber that has a click beetle, Coleoptera, Elateridae and a spider (right on top of the click beetle) and finally a female ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.

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Item 12

About 2/3 of an inch in size (amber) and the stonefly is about a 1/2 inch. Bottom line, this piece of amber has the rare and massively sought after stonefly, Plecoptera. While fully developed larvae are occasionally found in amber, the exuviae (molt) and particularly the winged imagoes are most common. This is not the molt, but the actual animal. The mature larvae leave the water and often climb up nearby tree trunks to shed their last exuvia and become winged imagoes. As stoneflies develop only a low affinity for flying and usually walk rather than fly in the event of danger, in search of food or to mate, their dispersal in minimal and often limited to the immediate vicinity of their original aquatic habitat.

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$575

Item 13

This is certainly a different piece.  There is quite a story to weave around this piece.  Going through the resin is what I feel to be a stick.  Attached to this stick was a ant colony.  The resin must have dripped on to the colony of ants some 45 million years ago.  Mostly there were female worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, scurrying around.  Part of the hive that housed juveniles was also here.  There is a pupa that died immediately prior to hatching.  This is the first time I have ever seen that.   Must be two dozen worker ants who lost their life in the sap.  Part is very clear, part has a rough surface.  An amazing piece of amber.

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$978

Item 14

This is a rare roly-poly, Diplopoda:Glomerida, family, Glomeridae. Now I must admit, they are common now, be not 20 million years ago

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Item 15

Daddy long legs are not really spiders, even though all kids assume they are. Here is a daddy long legs, Opilionidae. A little hard to see, but he is really there. A bit unusual to see these guys. 

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$48

Item 16

here is a lot here. First, the largest animal is a caddis fly, Trichoptera, family Polycentropodidae, then there are 2 gall midges, Cecidomyiidae and2 true midges, Chironomidae. Finally there is a male spider, Theridiidae.

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$189

Item 17

This is not for everyone. It is a small piece and the animal inside is very small. But hold on to your hats, this is an Annelida. It really is. Please, again, this is for the serious collector.

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$112

Item 18

Good sized piece of amber with interesting botanical parts. The two are the same, possibly from a flower. A neat piece at a great price.

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$61

Item 19

Here is a rare animal, a bristletail, Archeognatha, Machilidae. You can see the three tails on the rear of the abdomen. This is a rather rare specimen.

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$125

Item 20

A well fed click beetle, Coleoptera, Elateridae. The piece is long, thin and has a good sized click beetle in it. It gets it's name from the fact that when it finds itself upside down, it propels itself into the air with an audible click.

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Item 21

A very rare botanical piece of the Cypress family, Cupressaceae, a Thuites twig. Twigs are seldom found in Baltic amber since they decay so rapidly. This particular piece has a very nice twig - almost an inch long. Very nice, very impressive for a collection.

 

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$279

Item 22

A beautiful piece of amber. You know, when I look at the animals inside, I am not 100% sure what they are. They are nice, no problem with that, it is just that I am not sure. So I will not try. You will enjoy these pictures, they are good.

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$95

Item 23

If you ever wanted a lacewing, this is it. Nice and the price is right. The lacewing is in an unpolished piece of Baltic amber, not large but really fun to look at. Lacewings are sought after specimens.

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$224

Item 24

A particularly fine specimen of a moth fly, Diptera, Psychodidae and a good gall midge, Diptera, Cecidomyiidae.

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$862

Item 25

A nice female worker ant (sterile) and a scuttle fly, Phoridae, that is coated with the white material. Ant is good, scuttle fly is hard to see. The piece of amber is nice sized.

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$36

Item 26

Nice weevil, Coleoptera, Curculionidea. One side has the white film on it, the other side is perfect. In fact, I have as the main picture - the snout - really a cool image.

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$44

Item 27

Small, oblong, clear piece of Baltic amber that contains a checkered beetle larva, Coleoptera, Cleridae.

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$43

Item 28

Although I am not 100% sure about this, I do think it is a froghopper (spittlebug). Superfamily Cercopoidea do not have any veins visible in the clavus and are extremely rare in Baltic amber. This is a perfectly shaped piece with a large froghopper.

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$228

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