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!
This is an interesting piece. Nice sized, huge insect (bee?) - but - now the 'bad' stuff, the insect is hazy. It looks like it was heated (if so, it was a natural heat) and this has for the most part destroyed the beauty. If you want a piece for someone that shows a large insect in amber, this is priced very well. Great gift for a child that may find amber fun and interesting. If the insect was perfect, this would be in the 400 to 600 dollar range. As it is, it is buyable.
Cool thought here - a mammal 20 million years ago brushed up on some sticky resin and when it pulled itself away, some of the hair remained. This was covered with more resin and became amber. Ever wanted part of a mammal that is 20 million years old? Very unusual to find such a special specimen.
This is a very rare piece of Chiapas amber. Either one of the insects I will describe commands a very high price. Both being in the same piece (and it is a great piece of amber) is unbelievable. First, there is a female webspinner, Enbioptera. Webspinners have glands on their front legs that emit silk to line their galleries under the bark. Males are normally winged and females not. At the end of their abdomen there are two short tails (cerci). webspinners are rarely found in amber.
Second: There are 3 planthoppers, Homoptera, Cixiidae. But wait - two are mating! This is the first time in 30 years I have ever seen this. Rare, rare, rare. If you are lucky, you may find mating gnats, but NEVER planthoppers. Can you image these 2 planthoppers have been mating for 20 million years.........no joke about that.
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.