I get a kick out of pieces like this. There is a lot here - a tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera, Meliponini, genus Proplebia. On top of that there is a winded termite, Isoptera and a very special unknown animal (just not sure on this.) This is sure to be an interesting piece of Dominican amber.
This is one cool spider. It is commonly called the oil-can spider. Take a close look at the body and you will see why they are called this. They are not common in Dominican amber (although I would not say they are rare). There is a little confusion in terminology of this genus: it is either Lasaeola or Dipoena (family Theridiidae). The amber is small and thin.
Talk about impressive. This is it. A very clear piece of Dominican amber that contains a perfect planthopper, Homoptera, Fulgoroidea. You can even see some of the wing pattern on the hind wings. A truly magnificent piece - if you ever wanted to put some amber as a pendant with a clearly visible insect, this is your puppy.
Homoptera, Fulgoroidea - there are 2 planthoppers in this piece of Dominican amber, one one end end. One planthopper is very small. In fact the small one looks as though there is a mite on one of the back legs (but upon further inspection, it is not a mite)- really cool. Finally there is a large springtail, Collembola (not shown in pictures).
I am a little hesitant to put something like this up since I am not sure what it is and have never seen anything like this before. It appears there is one or two mites, but they have the wrong number of legs, so they could be 1st instar animals. The one, though looks like it has either babies or hitch hikers on the rear end. Possibly white flies? I am just not sure on this, but I do know it is sharp. Not a big piece of amber, but a big story.
Not a particularly large piece (nice way of saying smallish), but the animal is spectacular. This has a tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera, Apidae:Meliponidi, genus, Proplebia, species, dominicana. The details on this animal are very good. This is the type of piece that you have one of these images printed professionally and then you give the piece and the picture to someone.
Nice clear cab with a visible planthopper, Homoptera. I have looked carefully at this and it does appear that there is a mite on the dorsal surface of the animal. You can see it fairly well, but I cannot with 100% certainty state that it is a mite. It is rather unique and does tell a good story. Unusual.
Sometimes a piece is valuable, not for the insect, but because the amber itself is beautiful. This is about 1.5 x 1.5 x .3 inches of clear beautiful Dominican amber. A super piece. Good on it's own right, better as a pendant. The details of the wasp, Hymenoptera are great, you can even see the facets of the eye.
This is a cool piece. It is rather a dark amber color. There is a small primitive fly, Nematocera, but it has a very nice male winged ant, Hymenoptera, Dolichoderinae (?). There is a decomposition bubble emanating from the abdomen, which is not common in ants (termites, yes, ants no).
I love putting things like this up for sale. This is a nice and fairly large piece of amber (it is flattish). The animal is a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae. This one is fairly large for a fungus gnat (remember that fungus gnats are not large to begin with...). The cool thing about this is the detail of the animal. It is outstanding. You could save one of these pictures and give the picture and specimen as a present to anyone and they would love it.
Fun and informative. This does have a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae and 2 planthopper nymphs. This piece is cool, not because of the insects, but how it was formed. You can see that this is a cross section of a an amber tube. You can see the original amber flow and then successive layers of resin flows (like stalagmite).
Large piece that has at least two fungus gnats, Diptera, Mycetophilidaea. There really is a lot more in this busy, including what looks like part of a leaf (do not think it is) and some miscellaneous debris scattered inside. Fun piece and because of the size, a great value for the money.
With this particular piece, I was not sure which picture to show first - but if this one does not catch your eye, nothing will. This is a fire colored beetle, Coleoptera, Pyrochroidae. Fairly rare in Dominican amber. The other picture I thought of putting first was one of a planthopper - a large one at that, Homoptera, Fulgoridea. There is also a spider, beetle, midge, gnats, a wasp, Hymenoptera and some female worker ants. This one is a zoo. There is even a large unknown.