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1. It seems like we always come up with the impossible. Yes, this is a real bee comb in Mexican amber (Chiapas). The piece has a number of individual bees. Some easy to see, some not so easy. But this place was buzzing millions of years ago. In all our time, we have never run across anything like this. We have run across 1 other honey comb in Dominican, but never in Mexican amber. In fact this might be one of the rarest pieces we have ever had. It is as beautiful as one might expect. Just to look at it takes your breath away. Here is a video of the piece.
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2. I get shivers when I see something like this. This is a piece of Mexican, Chiapas amber that has real hair. The piece is big and has a number of bugs, mostly bees (see the honey comb above). The hair is particularly cool. It appears that bits of tissue were ripped off when the became trapped in the resin. I like to think that maybe DNA from the mammal is still there. Never has anyone around here seen this type of 'clumped' hair. really sharp and really exciting to look at and imagine.
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3. One of the most impressive planthoppers we have ever seen. The amber is large, just over 2 inches in length and very clear. The planthopper is a bit over .25 inches and it has it's wings spread. Actually there are a number of other planthoppers in this piece, but they pall in comparison. This animals in the order Homoptera, Superfamily Fulgoroidea, Family Achilidae That is as far as I can go with any certainty. This is just one of those pieces that is just so impressive when you hold it in your hand and look at the animals. If you know your planthoppers, then this will knock you for a loop.

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4. Everyone once in a while you look at a piece under the microscope that takes your breath away. This is it. If you have ever seen pictures of the honey pot ants - the ones with the bloated abdomens, that will catch your eye. We have one. I have never seen one before (amber or life...) I saw this under the microscope, but when I did, it was obvious. This is the type that you can write a paper from. It was found a few years back at the La Toca mines - impressive. It does have a nice bristletail (Archaeognatha) - which is rare by itself. Also some female ants, Hymenoptera, what looks like a root (probably not though) and even a mite, Acarina, family Bdellidae. All in all one of the rarer pieces I have ever seen.
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5. I am not sure where to put this piece of Baltic amber, so it lands here. There are no fossils inside the amber. This is the most beautiful piece of Baltic amber that I have ever seen. Large, thin and eye catching - this is guaranteed not to have been treated in any way - pure 100% natural. It is hard to tell you how beautiful this piece really is. You will find the pictures amazing. This weighs 40 grams and is about 4 inches x 2 inches x 0.3 inches. When I look into this piece, it reminds me of looking into the hot springs at Yellowstone National Park - clear, soft, colors.........endless.

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6. You might feel that this is impossible, but here it is..........a very large millipede, Class Diplopoda. This is the finest example I have ever seen in amber, and probably ever will. The millipede is so large, I estimate its size to be about 1 inch in length! Here is a close up of its legs. The piece is filled with other stuff also. There appearsnice fungus gnat, many gnats and a few flies, there is even a rare predaceous mite (I do not think this is a tick) - Acarina, suborder Cryptostigmata, Family Bdellidae. This mite, in and unto itself is rare and expensive! (I am not an expert in mites and ticks so I insert a disclaimer here about the family) You just do not find millipedes like this, just unbelievable!
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7. Mantids: Order Orthoptera. Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by their lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees. These are so rare in amber that they are prized by collectors. This is a beautiful piece of Mexican (Chiapas) amber that contains a juvenile praying mantis. So seldom are they seen - even rarer is a perfect one that is displayed like this magnificent beauty. The amber is about 2 inches x 1.5 x .3 inches. Very clear and has one of the best praying mantises that I have ever seen. The mantis is a bit over .25 inches and fully extended. This is really a special piece. What a piece. There is also part of a leaf and messed up worker ant.
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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.

This does have it's own page.

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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. You may find this comic good, especially since it deals with mayflies (you will be leaving this site, but you can use your 'back' button.)

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10. Pseudoscorpion, an ant and a leaf. Pseudoscorpions are in the order Pseudoscorpionida that have fang-like chelicerae and short pedipalps. In scorpions, the pedipalps have been modified into pincers. Typically pseudo scorpions are very small. This pseudoscorpion is full with both pinchers raised as in battle. Included in the specimen is also a curled leaf and a worker ant, Hymenoptera. This is a good piece at a great price.
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11. Not a particularly large piece (but not too small also). This has a clarity that is unsurpassed. It contains a true bug, Hemiptera, Encicoephalidae. This is what is called a gnat bug. The eyes encircle the head. The raptorial hook-like front legs indicate that this insect is predaceous. This is such a perfect piece that you can begin to see the pattern on it's legs. You do not see that very often on any insect in amber. The pictures of this bug are really wonderful. There is also a nice looking fly, Diptera, Brachycera.
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12. 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.
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13. This is a planthopper nymph - a perfect one in perfect amber, Homoptera, Fulgoroidea. Besides the perfect nature of this piece, look closely at the posterior end. This nymph has a brush tail. It is thought that these waxy filaments serve as an escape device - similar to how tarantulas rub the hairs off their backs to allow the fine hairs to get into the skin or eyes of a predator. You do not see these filaments on planthopper's very often.
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14. This is a strange group of insects. Most species are described solely from the males because most of the females are devoid of eyes, antennae, legs and external genitalia and they live their life in the host! They prey upon solitary bees, solitary wasps, and true bugs mostly. The female is mostly flightless and are degenerate in that she has no legs and a body that looks rather like a maggot. The males have only one pair of functional wings, and these are the hind wings, the forewings are greatly reduced to look and function like the halteres of flies. Even for today, they are not that common and few people other than entomologists have or are likely to see them. This has it's own web page.
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15.There is not much written about nematodes. They are small, often overlooked because of their size and just plain rare. They are rare in every type of amber, from Dominican to Baltic. Many nematodes live inside animals and are parasitic on them. Because they live inside organisms, they are not frequently seen in amber, since they would need to leave the body to be observed. Even at that, the nematodes that live in insects such as small flies are themselves small in order to live in such hosts.

The find here is breathtaking. There are 3 nematodes all just fantastically huge. The most obvious one is so large, it looks like a 'regular' worm (which is also so rare). This nematode is curled. If uncurled would be somewhere in the terms of an an inch and a half long (that is big). This is a huge smooth worm. It reminds me of the Ascaris nematodes that are so often dissected in Biology class in high school. This does have it's own page.

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16. Seldom will anyone ever see a lizard in amber. They are so rare that a miner or collector would have to be very lucky to see a real lizard in amber. This is a real lizard. This is a lizard that died 16 to 20 million years ago. You can see skin, part of the vertebrae, a few good looking ribs, the hip assembly and the bones of the legs including the phalanxes. This is a small lizard, probably a baby not to far out of its shell. You can even count the toes on the foot! In some places the skin is gone and there is just an impression in the resin (amber). But in some places the skin looks so fresh and strong that you wonder if this guy will start moving.Not far from the head is an interesting looking tubular 'thing' - no idea what it is.
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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.
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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.
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19. Mosquito's in amber are rather unusual. Since the smell of resin does not attract the insect, there is little to entice the animal to it. So to find one in amber is really a special day. This is a rather large female mosquito. Her abdomen is enlarged. This is a special piece since the female mosquito is the only animal in a perfectly clear cab. Who knows where her last meal was from - Jurassic Park revisited? This is a guaranteed female mosquito in a nice sized cab of Dominican amber. Take a look at the scanned image, you will see what I am talking about.
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20. We have saved the best for "almost" last. Here is a queen ant - not only that but she is mating with a drone. This isn't even seen nowadays, much less caught in the act 24 million years ago in amber and discovered! This has its own page for the story behind this one.
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21. This 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 or amblypigids 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.

Amblypygi..........Genus Phrynus species resinae............... Schawaller 1979
The size is about 1 inch x .5 inches x .5 inches

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22. A large chunk of amber with a few dozen platypodid beetles (ambrosia beetles), Coleoptera, Platypodidae. Along with the beetles there area few ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae and a couple of gnats - even some other animals. This is about 4 x 1.25 x 3 inches and 151 grams in weight. So you can see that this would serve as a nice weight on one's desk.
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23. Putting these up is so much fun. This is an unusual piece - you will probably never see this for sale again. This is a wonderfully clear and beautiful piece of Dominican amber that contains a roach eggbeautiful too! A few other insects are here.
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24. You will probably never see a dusty wing fly for sale again, Neuroptera. Here is one. The wings are covered with a fine whitish powder. The bases (coxae) of each pair of legs is fused beneath the abdomen. These are fragile and seldom found animals. While this does have a few other animals inside, it is really the dusty wing that makes this so special.
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At first I thought these were ants, but close inspection indicates that they are wasps. To my best knowledge, there is only one other pair of mating wasps found in Dominican amber. This is the second. When you look closely you will see that one of the pair is wingless. In one family of wasps (Bethylidae) the female is wingless. This is so good, it has a web page all to itself.
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26. It seems like all the great stuff is at the bottom of this page! This is a very large adult planthopper Order Homoptera, Superfamily, Fulgoroidea. The wing structure is great, you can see the individual hairs! The details on this animal are particularly good. While the planthopper is large, so is the hunk of amber. The planthopper is about .25 inches x .25 inches (one wing is spread). The entire piece of amber is almost 2 inches x 1.5 x .5 inches. Of course there are the miscellaneous flies and gnats scattered around. There is a special plant in this one. It appears that this is a germinating Bryophyte! Very unusual to find this. The entire specimen is a plus for any serious amber collector.
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27. Parts are parts. Here ar various parts from a lizard in Colombian copal. Discovered last year this lizard left much of it's remains in the sticky resin a long time ago. My guess from looking at the feet, this was a small gecko lizard. One side has a very well preserved tail. the other side various parts of the lizard such as skin, a few parts of the feet, part of the skull of the animal and more. It is a rather cool piece at a great price. There also spiders, caddis flies ( a dozen to 2 dozen), a beetle and a lot of sharp looking debris including part of a leaf and petiole. This is an exceptionally fine specimen. You will have a great time studying it - it is just plain good fun.
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28. So seldom does one find snails in amber. Snails (for the most part) live in water and thus are rarely found in amber. Here is a nice coiled snail. I do believe this may be a Spiraxis snail. Maybe a bird dropped it in the amber. The snail is complete and has an ant nearby. This is a rare occurrence - finding a snail in Dominican amber (or any amber for that matter). The price on this snail is good.
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29. Here is one of those perfect pieces. The cab shape is good, this is so clear and void of any other distracting artifacts - just the beautiful pseudoscorpion. Wonderful piece, so easy to see, and this guy looks like he was ready when he died. One heck of a quality museum specimen.
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30. Just like number 1 at the top of this page, this is a bee least I think it is -- could be a wasp comb, but I doubt it. It is magnificent. A wonderfully clear piece of Chiapas amber that will be the capstone to any collection. You are going to love this - superb, beautiful - it is just a wonderful piece of amber. It is about .75 x .5 x .24 inches and polished to perfection.
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31. Centipedes in Dominican amber are very rare. This is a perfect centipede, Class Chilopoda order Geophilomorpha. It is almost as if the centipede was laid down to look it's be. Not only do you not find centipedes, but to find a perfect one is so rare that it just does not happen. trees and leaves. This centipede is well over an inch long.
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32. 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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33. Here is almost what I would consider an impossible situation. We have 2 whip scorpions (this one and the one above). Both came fromthe La Toca mines and both are out of this world. This one is a bit smaller - the amber is a little bit smaller and the whip scorpion is a little bit smaller. But oh, is this perfect. There is also a small spider and even an unknown mite. This will take your breath away when you see it. The details are outstanding. There is a lot of general information in the box above, please take a look at that. This is a museum piece...........and offered to you at a fabulous price.
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