Chiapas Amber (Mexico)
At first, I thought there was mammalian hair in this piece, since it appears that the bee is flying through a wad of hair. Closer inspection reveals that this is probably not mammalian hair, but a fibrous detachment from an existing piece of a plant. You can see this in the images of the 'hair'. The animal is a tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera, Apidae:Meliponini, genus Proplebeia. It is a cool piece.
Earwigs are rare - very rare in amber. But here is the jackpot - you can see the wings! It is not difficult at all to identify earwigs, as they have scissor-like tails, this one appears to be a female. This is the first time I have ever been lucky enough to see the wings wide open - just an extremely rare event. Needless to say, this is a fine specimen and as rare as they get.
I like this one, it is cool. This has a beautiful polyxenid millipede, Order, Polyxenida, class Diplopoda. At a glance, they might be mistakenly identified as worms. Their body is divided into 11 to 13 segments, with fine hairs alongside each one of them. There is a longer bundle of hair on the tail. Under special circumstances, the hairs will open wide like a fan (as this one is). This is a rare occurrence. They only grow to 0.12 inches (3 mm), so one has to look carefully at them. This is a magnificent specimen.
Hard to believe, but this is real. It is a terrestrial snail in Chiapas amber. My guess is that this is a Spiraxis snail . A birds may have seized the snail and then lit it drop into the resin. This is a round piece, almost .5 inches in diameter. Snails are VERY rare and seldom seen in amber. On top of that, the sphere as a presentation piece is even better.
Did the picture catch your eye? Sometimes the impossible just takes a little while longer. This was worth the wait. I am sure you know that amber is not found in aquatic situations since it 'drips' off trees. To find aquatic animals in amber is such a rarity that this is the first time for us. This piece is about 1.5 x 1 x .3 inches. The amber is very clear. The amber is 'in-situ' - that is, it is on a rock, a heavy rock at that. There are about 5 barnacles in the amber, yes this is real. I do not ever remember reading about barnacles found in amber. This may be a fist in history. The barnacles are actually easy to see. This is a magnificent piece with a rarity that seldom comes along. Scientifically, this is worthy of a paper.
Now this is a very special piece of amber. It is so seldom that one finds a mosquito in amber. Mosquitoes are not attracted to the aromatic 'cast offs' of resins. They are attracted by CO2 and heat. So it is seldom that one finds these elusive creatures in amber. This piece of amber has at least 6 mosquitoes - they must have been on a foraging rampage and all were trapped in the sticky resins from the tree. I have never seen anything like this before. I once saw 2 mosquitoes in amber, never 3 or 4 or even 6. Good sized piece of amber with an unbelievable load. Now there is more also - an unusual ant, Hymenoptera that has great detailing on its dorsal side (back). Finally there are some unusual crushed air bubbles, at least that is how I will describe them.
This is a big chunk of amber. It weighs 42 grams and man is it loaded. By far, the biggest ticket item is the Whip-scorpion, Order Amblypygi. It is a large animal in this amber, not only large, but VERY rare. Its first pair of legs are thin and long as a whip; little is known about their function. If you are a whip-scorpion expert, you might be able to ID this animal by the pedipalpal patella: they are unusual, even for this rare animal. The animal is abut 3/4 inch long. Tailless whip-scorpions have a normal habitat in the tropical rain forests, they are rarely ever found in amber. But there is even more here. Off on the other side is a large cricket and near the cricket is the head of an ant who must have been in a battle.....and lost. There is what looks like the remains of a spider and some more remains that I cannot identify. Also there are a few other ants, different species. One of which has the thinnest and longest legs I have ever seen. There is the back end of a silverfish. If you haven't figured it out by now, this is a very special piece of amber, large with very rare animals.
I think this is a toe-winged beetle, Coleoptera, Ptilodactylidae. This is a very uncommon beetle to find in amber. This is most likely a male since the antennae are pectinate. These antennae are particularly large and branched. The details of the wings are very impressive. In fact everything about this beetle is impressive. Not far from the beetle is a nice large leaf. This is a really good piece.
This is different, here is a piece of amber that shows the results of shipworms (Pholadidae, Bivalvia)---- really. These animals are lithophages, that is they need hard substrate to feed on. It can be either a stone or wood or even plastic for some species. The conical things with spherical ends are just the trace of activities of those animals. So the trace begins with a small holes and the animal grow inside it. Each time it is grows it eats the substrate beneath and as it is growing in size so the galleries are conical shaped. The animal should lives in the spherical end which grows toward the center of the substrate, that is why you see scratches of radula as the animal acts like a drill. Moreover you can be sure after seeing the traces of the radula (scratches). Those traces are surface borings filled later by the sediments where the bored amber pebble was finally deposited.
What a great piece of amber. This is probably a legume leaf. I cannot guarantee that, but it looks like one. The piece is about 1.5 inches 'square' and about .25 inches thick. This is an impressive specimen. Right behind the compound leaf is a small centipede. Centipedes are rare by themselves, much less coupled with such a fine leaf specimen.
This is one of those pieces that is unbelievable. The first thing that catches your eye is the giant leaf. This leaf is big, no I would say huge. This is the largest leaf I have ever seen. The piece itself is about 4 inches x 3 inches x .5 inches. This is a monster piece - the type of piece you place on your desk for others to see. No microscope needed here.
Not only is the leaf huge and utterly impressive, but there is so many insects in this piece that you know the swarm landed here and never left. There must be many hundreds of gnats all over. Also, there is the occasional ant, immature planthopper and even some sheds of spiders (not sure if they are spiders) and even a termite . I even saw a small flower in this. The longer you look at it, the more you see.
I would consider this to be the cap stone of any collection.
Mosquitoes are members of the insect Family Culicidae. Insects, belonging to this family possess paired scaled wings, paired halteres, 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 aeromic 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 mosquitoes 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.
Three guesses as to what this is - and the first two do not count. Yes, this is a crop of hair - mammalian hair. You can even see what I am going to guess as 'hair roots'. The hair is uniform, slightly kinky and just thrilling to look at. Just imagine that 20 million years ago a small mammal pushed up against some stick resin and when it pulled away, left some of the hairs from its body. How cool - I would love to know what animal this was. There is an unknown fly and a head of an ant in this amber also. For the quality of this specimen, the price is very good. By the way, the shape of this lends itself to be made into a pendant, that would be unreal.
A great piece of Chiapas amber that has a green tone to it. Green is rather rare. I was told that the light colored area is a genus of true oxysters in the family Crassostrea. While I can see why the miner said that, I have my doubts. This piece weights a whopping 196 grams. It is almost 5 x 3 x 1 inches....so this is a very large chunk.
Monster Amber Specimen
Large is an understatement. This is huge. In fact it is the largest piece of Mexican amber that I have ever seen (or even heard of). It weighs 8.12 kg (17.1 pounds).....really. In fact I am going to say that this is the largest piece of Mexican amber, anywhere. The pieces are normally just small, this one is a behemoth. If anyone does know of a largest specimen, I would like to know it.
This is a world class museum specimen. It is something like 15 inches x 5 inches x 10 inches.
Not only is it large (understatement), but it is clear throughout. Using the light, this is a solid, VERY clear, just a magnificent piece of amber. The pictures are amazing of this special piece.
Truly the highlight of anyone's collection, this will hold the supreme spot for amber, anywhere - even in the largest of museums. We are so happy to be able to offer this at a very good price. This should retail for around $11 USD per gram, so one could even purchase this, turn around and sell it for a large profit. We did get this at a great price so we can turn around and offer it to you at a very impressive price for this museum specimen.
Right now this specimen is in Germany for a temporary exhibit at a museum.
This is an amazing piece. It is a seed. We are in Colorado and when you walk through fields, it not uncommon to pick up "burs" that stick to your socks or pant legs. Pulling them off hurts since they have spines. This does appear to be such a thing. It is the first time we have ever seen a large seed like this and it will probably be the last. I am sure that the plant seed inside the 'poky' covering is not viable, but it is fun to think about what would happen if you planted one. This is one heck of a piece of amber.
I love leaves in amber. It is particularly fun to image a leaf floating down and accidentally landing in a blob of sticky resin. Then that leaf is covered by another resin flow. This is an entire leaf. Really fun to look at, this is a rather rare piece. Full leaves just do not happen very often. This is a great leaf - and the caliper that show in the picture to the left comes with the amber. The amber is from the Chiapas area in Mexico.