Here ispiece of Baltic amber, 54 million years old with no animals. But wait - there is a fantastic thing inside - part of a spider's web. Lots of the web is strewn about, it even looks like a small insect is wrapped up in part. Spiders webs are rare and hard to find. This is a nice one. If you like these half as much as I do, you will love this ancient piece of amber.
Thisis a mayfly, Ephemeroptera. Mayfly adults (such as this adult male) have life spans of no more than a few days. On the transition from nymph to adult, they fly from the surface of the water for mating, but do not feed. They complete the mating process and die with in a day or two. Mayflies in any amber are very rarely found . This is a beautiful animal and so seldom seen. Life of only a day or two.............
You are going to love this. Inside this small piece of Baltic amber are the remains of a spider web. You can see how it was rolled and imbedded in the sticky resin 50 million years ago. Please also remember that you need a magnifying glass or microscope to see this - with the naked eye, you will not see it.
Smallish piece of Baltic amber. There are about four primitive flies in this piece - really fun to look at, Nematocera. But wait, there is more. I suspect that the picture on this page would get your attention. This has a fairly large twisted wing parasite (for twisted wings that is) fly, Strepsiptera. UNBELIEVABLE. These are very rare. By the way, this is Baltic amber.
They are endoparasites in other insects, such as bees, wasps, leafhoppers, silverfish, and cockroaches. Most species of females never emerge from the host after entering its body, but finally die inside it. The early-stage larvae do emerge because they must find an unoccupied living host, and the short-lived males must emerge to seek a receptive female in her host.
To the uninitiated the males superficially look like flies. Adult males are very short-lived, usually surviving less than five hours, and do not feed. This is a male twisted wing. Probably on of the finest specimens of twisted wing parasites I have ever seen (I have seen 4 in my lifetime).
If you are into botany, this is the piece for you. This is special. It is a large chunk of amber with a stem of flowers in it. the piece is about 3 inches long and about 1 inch in diameter (although it is more triangular than round). It is unbelievable since it has a stem of flowers from an oak tree, Quercus. Very rare, in fact the only time I have seen this. The flowers are quite detailed, you can see the stamens and much more. There is what looks like a stem or two inside. Just a special piece. You are going to love looking at the pictures of the flowers. Enjoy.
A flattened sphere about 1 inch in diameter. this contains a just beautiful flower. It is sooooo easy to see. Just a beautiful piece. Even better is this idea: since the piece screams to be made into a pendant, ever though of giving flowers to someone? You could give visible flowers that have been preserved for 40 million years as a pendant to someone. Most jewelers will make the piece into a pendant (without spending a fortune). Great piece.