Chiapas Amber (Mexico)
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 is in a beautiful piece of amber, Nematocera, Culcidae. To think that this may have feasted on ancient dinosaurs is a strange thought. Sort of like imagining Jurassic Park hanging around your neck. This is a beautiful piece and the price is not 'out of this world'. Enjoy this for yourself or make it an impressive gift.
I like this one, it is cool. There must be a half dozen winged termites in this piece, Isoptera. There are also 2 small worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae. In actual fact the coolest thing are the 3 or 4 mayflies. They are faint and hard to see, but they are there. Mayflies are rare and seldom seen. These have a life span of about 24 hours once they emerge from the stream as adults. They mate and then die.
There is a lot here. First, there is part of a bee hive. It is not large and at first glance, not obvious, but when you look, you can see some of the combs. Needless to say there are many tropical stingless bees, Hymenoptera, tribe Meliponini, genus Proplebeia, species, dominicana.. There seems to be some small bits of plant material scattered around. The best though, there is a real mosquito, Culicidae. Normally mosquitoes are not attracted to the smelly resin so they are seldom captured and if they are, they are not often found in pieces of amber. This piece should remind you of Jurassic Park!
At first glance I thought this was a tangled up mess of a spider's web. Now that I look at the pictures, I do not think so. More than likely this is a tangled up mess of plant fibers that may have been pulled through the sticky resin as it hardened. There are a few small insects, but they are not the 'cool' thing here - the mass of plant material is.
Not exactly sure how to describe these 2 pieces. Together they weigh 73 grams (that is a lot). The multitude of animals inside are hard to ID since they are distorted - due to heat or pressure. Inside both pieces are many worker termites. there are lots, even though it is hard to tell.