Chiapas Amber (Mexico)

Item 1

Here is a pendant that truly has a bit of history to it.  20 million years ago a mammal brushed up against a sticky resin flow and when 'he' pulled off the resin, some of the hairs stuck to the resin.  This is a small tuft of mammalian hairs in this pendant.  What a story.

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Item 2

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.

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Item 3

A very nice pendant.  This is Chiapas amber that contains a hard to see wasp.  The amber itself is very nice.  If you have wanted a pendant but not willing to pay the exorbitant cost of one, then this is for you.

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Item 4

I've got to admit that there are no animals inside this pendant.  There are some botanical relics though - some stellate oak hairs.  This is just an impressive pendant at a good price.

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Item 5

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.

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Item 6

A nice example of a dance fly, Diptera, Empididae, Rhyamphomyia, easily ID'd by the legs and the offset eyes.  Nice example of a 'not often seen' fly.

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Item 7

A think piece of amber, very colorful and very clear.  Inside is a single caddisfly, Trichoptera.  It might be in the genus MariliaThis is a good piece, even though the pictures do not do justice to it.

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Item 8

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!


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Item 9

I think this is a caddis fly, Trichoptera.  the amber is small, but very clear.  The antennae are very long.

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Item 10

A great piece of amber with some nice pieces of a bee comb inside.  There are a scattering of bees throughout the piece along with parts of the comb.  A fun piece to look at and a rare piece to own.

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Item 11

Ticks are very rare - and I always have a hard time distinguishing a tick from a mite, but I think this is a tick.  Not only that, but not far from the 'tick' is a small tuft of mammalian hair.  I think this tells a story.

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Item 12

Not a huge piece, but the animal is large.  This has a winged male ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, subfamily Myrmicinae.  Good piece for a collection.

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Item 13

I also find it thrilling when I can see a pattern in wings.  It is almost like being able to see what color dinosaurs were.  This is probably a planthopper, Homoptera.

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Item 14

Did you hear the one about the assassin bug, spider and fly?  All three are here, right next to one another.  The fly is semi clear, Brachycera.  The assassin bug, Hemiptera, Reduviidae is a rather nice one.

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Item 15

Good sized piece of very clear amber.  This has a scattering of tropical stingless bees, Hymenoptera, Meliponini, genus Proplebeia, species, dominicna.  A great piece that will attract anyone's attention fast.  Look at the scanned image below.

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Item 16

A rather dull looking piece (hazy inside) until you look carefully and see that it is covered with a spiders webThere are 2 ants caught and also a primitive fly, Nematocera.

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Item 17

Interesting piece, long thin and almost tubular.  Inside are a number of perfect caddis flies, Trichoptera, with long wings and long antennae.  There is also 1 beetle off to one side.  Good piece.

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Item 18

Nice sized piece, clear and with good color.  There are 2 small spiders (both male I think) and one segment of the spider's web.  I was hoping that one of the spiders would be a female and the other a male. There is also a small wasp.

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Item 19

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.

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Item 20

On one side are a bunch of winged termites, Isoptera and on the other side are a bunch of worker ants, Hymenoptera. FormicidaeA rather unusual situation.

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Item 21

Mites (and ticks) are just plain fun to observe.  This is a mite is the family Bdellidae probably Bella sp. . The distinctive form with this one is the elongate head, long pedipalps and extremely long legs.  While the amber is not large, it is a great specimen.


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Item 22

A rather large 'death assembly' of worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.  There are to many to count.   The amber is clear and shows the ants well.  There is also a medium sized centipede off to the side.  The draw on this piece are the ants - so many of them.

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Item 23

This is a twig or long stem of a leaf.  The amber is long (little over 2 inches) and the twig goes through a lot ground debris.  It is a cool piece.

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Item 24

The kind of amber that begs to be made into a pendant.  Clear, easy to see - this has a very large, sterile, worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae

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Item 25

A rather irregular piece of amber.  The top of the beetle does go to the surface of the amber.  If you know your beetles, you should be able to ID this one, I am not sure.  To me, the comment that "God has a favorite for beetles" is an apt description.

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Item 26

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.

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