Chiapas Amber (Mexico)
This piece has class. It's shape is like a large, thick coin, very pleasing in feel and shape. Inside, at the middle is a beautiful winged termite. With the thickness of this piece, it would make a perfect pendant. Off on the side of the termite is a very large and dark mite - really cool. There is also the husk (molt) of a cicada.
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.
This is a wonderful cab, clear with great color. Upon inspection, this has one animal - a female webspinner, Embioptera....Unbelievable. Webspinners themselves are rare in amber. This specimen is rare. The primary feature of webspinners is their snake-like heads, with the forelegs which are short and stout. Webspinners have glands on their front legs that emit silk to line their homes. Most webspinners found in amber are male, females are even rarer (of course this is a female.) There is also part of a curled leaf in this piece. By the way, this is a very good price for a rare webspinner. This is a piece of rare Mexican amber (Chiapas). Besides all this, it has some nice tropical stingless bees and a small part of a curled leaf with even part of a petiole.
Every once in a while a piece just "sticks out" because it is special. sometimes it is difficult to say why it is special. This is a large piece, about 3.5 x 1.5 x .25 inches. Large enough to be made into a large pendant. Inside is interesting, looks like some flowers that have become transparent. More easily seen as scan, since this is so large. Rather ironical, but there is a rare pseudoscorpion (small as you would expect) just off center. a great piece that you will fall in love with.
The details on this planthopper are amazing. This is a delphacid planthopper (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea: Delphacidae). All species are phytophagous, many occurring on various grasses. Some species are significant pests and important vectors for cereal pathogens. This is a beautiful piece, a gem for any collection.