8. Mosquitoes are members of the insect Family Culicidae. Insects, belonging to this family possess paired scaled wings, paired halters, 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 mosquito's in amber is a VERY rare occurrence.
Mosquito's are not attracted to the aromatic 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. So to find nearly a dozen mosquito's in amber is a very unusual situation.
Enough so, that even a poor specimen with one mosquito will fetch many hundreds of dollars on the open market.
Mosquitoes are just not found very often.
9. Some mayflies, Ephemeroptera, have 2 or 3 long hair-like tails and strong forewings. Hind wings are small and rounded or very reduced. Mayfly adults enjoy a life span of no more than two days. On transition from nymph to adult stage, they fly from the surface of the water for mating, but do not feed. They complete the mating process and die after one or two days. Mayfly eggs are laid in water, and are hatched within one or two weeks. Fossils of mayflies are very rarely found in amber. This specimen with 3 cerei is very rare. Mayflies have the shortest life span of any animal. They may spend two to three years as nymphs at the bottom of lakes and streams, and then live for as little as one hour as winged adults.
Stoneflies are rare in amber. The larvae form of a stonefly are even harder to find. Here is the larval form of a stonefly, Plecoptera.
A lovely piece of Baltic amber, this is polished on only one side and shows the stonefly very well. Even so, this is not a large animal. This one has its own page.
17. Sometimes planthoppers can have very strange heads. Here is one that is called an "alligator-head" or "dragon" insect. This is because their snout resembles the head of an alligator. Naturalists have noted that modern types of such planthoppers often sit with their snouts up in the air, similar to the stance of a true reptile. This is the first time we have come across this type of planthopper (Homoptera:Fulgoroidea). They are so rare that you normally see the same picture over and over - well here is a new one, and just as rare. This is a perfect specimen. You will never see another one of these for sale, anywhere. Scanned
18. When you find the impossible piece, you should always look further. First, and what led me to this piece are a pair of mating (in copuli) midges. These midges have been 'coupled' for 24 million years. Think about that. It is rather rare to find such a pair - much less a perfect pair. This is a wonderful cab, clear with great color. Upon further inspection, this has one other animal - a female webspinner, Embioptera....Unbelievable. Webspinners themselves are rare in amber. Either specimen is rare, together they form the impossible piece. The primary feature of webspinners is their snake-like heads, with the forelegs which are short and stout. Webspinners have glands on their front legs that emit silk to line their homes. Most webspinners found in amber are male, females are even rarer (of course this is a female.) I cannot impress to you how nice a piece this is. I can see this as a beautiful pendant, what a story to tell. Scanned
is one of the animals that you will sometimes find in books.
Often it is the same picture that is used from book to book
or article to article. They are so rare in Dominican amber that
you will just not see that many pictures of them. The whip scorpion
is one of the rarest of all finds. Tail-less whip scorpions
are very efficient predators. They remain hidden
under leaves, bark and other debris for most of the day.
They come out at night to feed. Their chelicerae
are modified into strong, spine-armored
grasping organs that the hapless arthropods would find nearly
inescapable. Their front pair of legs, in contrast, are long
and slender, obviously modified for sensory
functions. Lacking any type
of tail appendage, these formidable creatures are not frequently
encountered. The females carry their eggs in a sac attached
to the undersurface of the abdomen by a few silken threads.
is about 1 inch x .5 inches x .5 inches
30. If you like ticks and mites, then this tick is for you. It is
really one of the best mites I have ever seen in amber. Large, easy to see
and in good shape. In the family Caeculidae and in the genus Caeculus!
These are called the Rake legged mites due to the spines on the
front legs. I rather like these mites as they have good image character.
This is a rather rare one. It comes from a parasitic larval form that only lives in spiders. Not only rare - but this is a perfect piece. And - it may be a new species (although I will not guarantee that since Acroceridae are not my specialty.) All known species are internal parasites of spiders. Adults of living forms can be found in vegetated or forested areas with females usually in search of a spider host or feeding on the nectar of flowers. The life span of adults is very short (usually only 1 week). Larvae include a planidial first instar that actively searches out a host immediately after hatching from the egg. Larvae pass through 4 instars before emerging from the host and pupating. If you have not guessed, this is a very rare animal in Dominican amber (also Baltic).
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