Chiapas Amber (Mexico)
There is a short, flatfooted ambrosia beetle near one side in this piece, Coleoptera, Platypodidae. There is also a fungus gnat (at least I think it is). Good piece, the surface has some crazing on it.
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.
Perfect sphere that is about 1.25 inches in diameter. That is large. Some surface crazing on it, does not distract from the beauty of this piece. There is a winged insect that I am just not sure, maybe a planthopper? This is one cool piece to hold in your hand. Here is a short movie.
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.
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'.
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.
A think piece of amber, very colorful and very clear. Inside is a single caddisfly, Trichoptera. It might be in the genus Marilia. This is a good piece, even though the pictures do not do justice to it.
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.
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'.
Good piece with a rare tortoise beetle, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, subfamily Gyllenhal.
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.
Soldier beetles, Coleoptera, Cantharidae. are an extremely diverse family of brightly colored diurnal beetles which are often found in large numbers on flowers. They are not commonly found in Dominican or Mexican amber. The piece of amber is beautiful and the insect is fairly good sized and easy to see.
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.
Talk about rare: the Emesinae, or thread-legged bugs, are a subfamily of the Reduviidae. They are stalking, predatory insects. I believe that this is an extremely rare thread-legged bug. I have never seen (other that photographs) one of these.
The amber is large and rather clear.
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.
Interesting piece, long thin and almost tubular. Inside are a number of perfect winged termites, Isoptera, with long wings and long antennae. There is also 1 beetle off to one side. Good piece.
This is a large ground beetle, Coleoptera, Carabidae. They are not good fliers, but are good runners. Note the long thorax and the elytra have brilliant colors. Ground beetles lead a predaceous lifestyle, primarily inhabiting the ground surface. This is particularly fine specimen.
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 amber contains a medium sized spider and off to the side is a tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera.
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.
Very clear piece of amber with a worker termite, Isoptera near the middle. This is a nice piece.
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. The back side of the piece is rough.
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
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.
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.
While the scanned image does not show this well, it is an easily seen caddis fly, Trichoptera. Also close by is a black scavenger fly, Diptera, Scatopsidae, a small female ant and also an unknown. Not far from this is a very small tip of a leaf.
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.
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).
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.
Here is a hand carved piece of beautiful Chiapas amber. This astronaut is ready to fly. Beautifully done, includes the necklace - what a gift. The carving is just slightly over 1 inch in height. The silver is pure 925 silver.
This is a terrestrial isopod, Isopoda, Sphaeroniscidae. Isopods have seven pairs of legs, corresponding to the last seven thoracic segments. Isopods, together with shrimp, crabs and lobsters are crustaceans. This is a particularly fine example of a terrestrial isopod.
A true bug, Hemiptera, family Nabidae. The antennae, and two palps are alongside the beak - all super long and slender. This specimen is very special, a damsel bug.
There is a twig going through this piece. The big thing though is the ant. I am not familiar with this type of ant, the thorax and abdomen are unusual. I just do not know what kind this is, queen?