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).
Different piece of amber, shaped sort of like a guitar pick. It does contain a nice planthopper, Homoptera, Cixidae, but there is more. Inside is an interesting looking feature. There appears to be hundreds of many thin lines, like hairs. I do not feel that these are hairs, but dried out surfaces that were subsequently covered by a resin flow. I might be wrong, but who know?
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).
An interesting piece. First, this does have a surface crazing - common in some of the Dominican ambers. But inside are a number of cool beetles, There are 7 bark beetles, Scodytidae and 2 Colydiidae beetles (cylindrical bark beetles, of the genus Bitoma. If you like beetles, this is a beetle fest.
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.