Chiapas Amber (Mexico)

Item 1

Butterflies are just not found in amber (except here).  This is a VERY rare butterfly in Chiapas amber, Lepidoptera.   You can see the wings spread- even the remnants of the scales.  So cool to see.  The proboscis is easily visible on the 'under side'.   This is an exceptional piece with an animal that is as rare as lizards.  By the way, Lepidopterans are rare but even rarer are ones with the wings spread  - like this one.

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Item 2

There is something special when one looks at water that is 20 million years old.  This piece of amber has a hundred or so, small, dark colored air bubbles, many of which move.  Just a unique piece, with some of the edges not polished - cool effect. These are sometimes called en-hydros.

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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

a lovely piece of clear amber with a very large snipe fly, Diptera, Rhagionidae near the middle.  Particularly good piece with a great, large fly in it.   Very good details on the 'guy'.

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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

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.


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Item 9

If you like caddis flies, this is a great piece; caddis fly, Trichoptera.  the amber is small, but very clear.  The antennae are very long.  the amber is a long piece and the caddis flies are best seen 'on edge'.

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Item 10

A large piece that has layers of air bubbles, partly obscuring one side.  There are 2 moth flies, 1 unknown beetle and a primitive fly, Nematocera.  All the animals are small.

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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

If you want an impressive piece to show people a sample of amber, this is it.  There is a scad of wings with a few winged termites in it.  All the wings are from other winged termites.  Good sized piece with lots of interesting things.

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Item 14

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.

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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

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 joke about that.

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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

I love this piece!  It is not for everyone though - I just happen to get a thrill out of seeing spider webs in amber.  this does have a spider, but it is hard to see.  The web, though, is easy and fun.


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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

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.

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Item 27

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.

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Item 28

Good piece with a small pseudoscorpion.   While pseudoscorpions are not a rare as real scorpions, they do command a good price.  Nice one to have in your collection.

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Item 29

There is something cool about spiders in amber.  This is a beaut.  Small, but easily seen, you are going to like this guy (or gal).

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Item 30

A rather unusual piece of a wasp nest.  It appears that the nest was laid flat by a resin flow.  But you can still see some of the sides of the cells that show thickness.  A very rare and unusual piece of Chiapas amber.

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