Here ispiece of Baltic amber, 54 million years old with no animals. But wait - there is a fantastic thing inside - part of a spider's web. Lots of the web is strewn about, it even looks like a small insect is wrapped up in part. Spiders webs are rare and hard to find. This is a nice one. If you like these half as much as I do, you will love this ancient piece of amber.
Thisis a mayfly, Ephemeroptera. Mayfly adults (such as this adult male) have life spans of no more than a few days. On the transition from nymph to adult, they fly from the surface of the water for mating, but do not feed. They complete the mating process and die with in a day or two. Mayflies in any amber are very rarely found . This is a beautiful animal and so seldom seen. Life of only a day or two.............
You are going to love this. Inside this small piece of Baltic amber are the remains of a spider web. You can see how it was rolled and imbedded in the sticky resin 50 million years ago. Please also remember that you need a magnifying glass or microscope to see this - with the naked eye, you will not see it.
Smallish piece of Baltic amber. There are about four primitive flies in this piece - really fun to look at, Nematocera. But wait, there is more. I suspect that the picture on this page would get your attention. This has a fairly large twisted wing parasite (for twisted wings that is) fly, Strepsiptera. UNBELIEVABLE. These are very rare. By the way, this is Baltic amber.
They are endoparasites in other insects, such as bees, wasps, leafhoppers, silverfish, and cockroaches. Most species of females never emerge from the host after entering its body, but finally die inside it. The early-stage larvae do emerge because they must find an unoccupied living host, and the short-lived males must emerge to seek a receptive female in her host.
To the uninitiated the males superficially look like flies. Adult males are very short-lived, usually surviving less than five hours, and do not feed. This is a male twisted wing. Probably on of the finest specimens of twisted wing parasites I have ever seen (I have seen 4 in my lifetime).
A really cool piece, good sized and very clear. This does have a winged termite, but that is not the best thing. Inside are what I believe to be animal hairs. These are hairs from some mammal that brushed up against the sticky resin and when 'he' pulled away, left some of the hairs behind, including what looks like a root. Lastly there is a small fly, Diptera, Nematocera.