A great piece with loads of termite wings - all at one edge of the copal. This has one of the most beautiful fruit flies, Drosophila, I have ever seen. It also has a pair of mating gnats (rare). Can you imagine that these gnats have been locked in the act of love for thousands to millions of years. You will love this piece. I think this has a juvenile mite. Good price on this piece. By the way, this is Colombian copal.
As you may know, mosquitoes in amber are VERY rare. Since they are not attracted like most insects to the sticky resin, they seldom fly into it. This is a mosquito and it could be made into a beautiful pendant, Nematocera, Culcidae.. While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, with this one, the beholder is eyeing a beauty. Probably one of the finest mosquitos that I have ever seen. The details on this specimen are out of this world. This would be perfect to be made into a pendant. A band of silver or gold with a clasp - just beautiful.
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Scientific American, February 2020, had a picture showing the land continents with major ‘discoveries’ (page 20). One arrow pointed to Brazil and under that, it said:
“Despite the long dry spells in Brazil’s Caatinga region, scientists found the tree Hymenaea cangaceira drizzles copious nectar from flowers to attract pollinating bats: a full-sized tree can release 240 gallons of the stuff, with 38 distinct scent compounds, over a single dry season.”
Here is the reason for this inclusion on this amber page. Hymenaea is the tree in New Zealand that produces copious amounts of resin that is called ‘kauri gum’. Not sure about this relationship, but if I am a betting person (I am), I would put money that there is a direct relationship between the flowers and resin production.
A new page with some cool items: https://www.ambericawest.com/cabs-2/
Scientists discover an 'alien' insect in amber from 100 million years ago