If this does not catch your eye, nothing will. You may recognize this as a tailless whip scorpion. 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.
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I love pieces that have big specimens in them. This is not huge, but I do consider it big. Large, easy to see and just plain cool, you will love this piece. On the other side of the spider is a 'gaggle' of springtails, Collembola. Also, there is a single true midge, Diptera, Chironomidae, and an immature planthopper.
Big - real big. There is a zoo inside this monster. It weighs 69 grams and is about 3.5 x 2.5 x 1 inchs of irregular shape. It seemed like every time I looked at it, a new animal would show. Maybe 7 spiders, (by the way, most things are small) a cricket (with very good detail, a roach, gall gnat, Cecidomyiidae - actually two of them. There are more also. One of the animals I am calling a spider may be a mite. Quite the piece.
There is a lot here. Almost like a zoo. There is a small male spider that looks like it is chasing a fly, Diptera, Brachycera. Also, a thrip, Thysanoptera, a punky, Ceratopogonidae, 1 large planthopper with wings spread, 2 true midges, Chironomidae, an unusual female worker ant, an immature planthopper and a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae (I thhttp://www.ambericawest.com/images/spiders/ink). I suspect there is more, but I give up.
There is something about spider webs that I find exciting. This huge piece of amber has a long of spiders webs inside. Ever wondered how animals get stuck in spider webs, look though these pictures and you will see the sticky goo on the webs. The is a winged termite, Isoptera, some wasps, in fact one with a very strange abdomen, it looks bloated - but the spider webs are cool (of course the spider is here also.) Finally there is a very small immature planthopper. Did I mention there is a larval case of a timeid moth? This type of larvae is often found on damp basement and garage walls, moving very slowly. Very rare in amber.
Large chunk of amber. This one is loaded with animals. The spider is large and found at the top. There is a worker termite, rather transparent, a fly, a gall gnat, Diptera, Cecidomyiidae, a small, but interesting weevil. The weevil appears to have a mite on the ventral side (very unusual). There is a twisted leaf and even some other unknowns.