Colombian Copal

Everyone should have some specimens of Colombian Copal for their collections. It  is truly lovely material with a clarity that is unmatched.

How old is Colombian Copal? The age of Colombian (South America) copal still remains an open question. In fact in some papers you can find uncertain "Tertiary" age (see for example the table in Langenheim's review, American Scientist, 78:16-24, 1990), or in other papers also Pliocene-Pleistocene; accurate determinations made by means of 14C revealed that Colombian copal from the region of Santander is in the order of just 200 years old (Clifford et al., Org. Geochemistry, 27:449-464, 1997), practically recent resin. There are others who feel that certain Colombian copals are in the terms of many millions of years.

Most of the Colombian copal that is offered for sale is from the Andes Mountains in South Amberica. It could be up to 16 million years old. Since I have not had it tested for time, I cannot conclusively say the age. If there is something in particular that you are looking for but cannot find it on this page, let us know, we probably have it!  By the way, since this is copal, often you will find surface cracks.  That is normal.

A note for those interesting in large quantities. We have large quantities of Colombia copal for sale. Example prices range from $620 per kilogram to about $1100 (polished with good quality insects.) We can supply lots up to 8 kilograms. Let us know what you want.

Item 1

Colombian Copal with Fossils

Nice straight forward piece of copal with what looks like a fruit fly, Drosophila - the red eyes are prominent.  There is also a spider that has part of the body removed.

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$24

Item 2

Particularly interesting specimen.  This has a dragon insect, Homoptera, Fulgoridae, moth fly, Psychodidae, a bark beetle, Coleoptera, Scolytidae and a long legged fly, Diptera, Brachycera.  All specimens are small.

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$49

Item 3

A rather large piece about 2.5 x 2 x .25 inches.  Clear and attractive.  This has numerous worker termites and some interesting bubblesAlso an interesting spider(?).

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$55

Item 4

Colombian Copal with Fossils

A lot of old air bubbles that occlude the specimens.  This has a beautiful weevil, Coleoptera, Superfamily Curculionidea, what looks like a termite (not sure), 1 caddis fly, Trichoptera and an unknown.

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$26

Item 5

Colombian Copal with Fossils

There is a very large cricket in this piece.  The amber is tubular in shape. The cricket is partly covered with a "fuzz" (common).  This is a real nice specimen, but hard to see die to the fuzz.  There is also an unknown beetle.

 

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$36

Item 6

Colombian Copal with Fossils

A great piece with loads of termite wings - all at one edge of the copal. This has one of the most beautiful fruit flies, Drosophilia, I have ever seen. It also has a pair of mating gnats (rare). You will love this piece.   I think this has a juvenile mite.

 

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$88

Item 7

Colombian Copal with Fossils

Large piece about 2 x 3 x .25 inches, slightly curved as if it came off the side of the trunk of a tree.  Lots of legs scattered around - while I cannot ID the legs, they may be from crane fliesAlso a roach, female worker ant, a Saltacae spider and a few other animals.

 

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$78

Item 8

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

A very interesting piece that has a beautiful cicadaThere is also a nice fly, Diptera, Brachycera and a spider.

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SOLD

Item 9

This has small air bubbles with makes the piece hard to see through. It is loaded though with ancient life. Flies, beetles and just a bunch more. You will see something different every time you look at it.  Pretty good sized - about 3 inches long.  This even has a very small cricket.

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$72

Item 10

A spider that wants to be a fake ant.  Here is the piece. You will never find a cooler piece than this. Look at the image - looks like an ant, eh? Now count the legs - this is a spider, Araneae. It is an ant mimic spider. Talk about evolution at its best. This spider has evolved to look like an ant so it can pass itself off and eat what it looks like. The best example of animal mimicry that I have ever seen. This is one for everyone's collection.

 

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SOLD

Item 11

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

Clear with a moth fly and another 'regular' fly. Nice piece that will not break the bank. This has a sprig of a Bryophyte.

 
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SOLD

Item 12

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

There is so much inside this piece.  Just a scad of flies (never have the idea of what a scad is - but it is a lot).  There is a beetle, termite wings and just about anything you can thick of.  This will provide a long time of entertainment under the microscope.

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$39

Item 13

If you like termites, look no further. Not only that, but the detail on these animals is fantastic. Clear copal, lots of termites, just plain fun. There are some great air bubbles in bubbles.

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$66

Item 14

What a piece of copal. The fungus gnat shows wonderful patterns on the wings (very unusual). This has a large planthopper, a few ants, midges and flies. Lots here to keep anyone interested - and the piece is big. Not as clear as some of the others, but what it has inside makes up for it.

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SOLD

Item 15

Large piece with a rough side to it. Busy, lots of stuff inside, including a good looking moth, a leaf bract, a fly, what looks like a click beetle, just a lot of fun stuff.

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$88

Item 16

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

This is a curved tubular piece.  both ends of the tube are not polished.  Inside are a number of termite wings along with the termites themselves.  Interesting.

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$38

Item 17

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

There are a lot of animals inside this piece.  The only part that takes away form the beauty is the unpolished copal is the  "bite" from one side.  You can see this on the scan.  there is a cicada, Homoptera, spider, flies, a moth fly, Psychodidae and a few ants and a wasp.

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$37

Item 18

This is a very piece of copal. It has some of the strangest things I've ever seen. While there are many, many termites, gnats, midges and ants (all of which are partly obscured by air bubbles) there are the strangest plant (?) formations! I cannot exactly figure them out, especially the big one with radiating spokes. There is one thing I can make out and am sure about - this has hair - mammalian hair! That is practically unheard of. Some animals must have brushed up against the sticky resin and lost a few hairs. This is very rare and very valuable. This piece even has a weevil, Superfamily Curculionoidea: Cossoninae.

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SOLD

Item 19

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

A large piece, long and thick. The most interesting thing about this is that there are remnants of a spiders web throughout the piece. Even looks like a female worker ant pulled part of the web along with her. Cool piece.

 
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Item 20

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

This has an unusual shape. Inside is a nice winged termite, and bunch of fly's, some gnats, a couple of unknowns and the prettiest moss top I have seen. This is a good piece and you will enjoy it. There is even another primitive plant in this one.

 


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Item 21

Ever hold something in your hand and just think, wow. This is one of those. Very clear with great air bubbles and a beautiful number of worker termites. Just a lovely piece that stirs the imagination when you look at it.

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$66

Item 22

Clear with a good size, fun to hold. There is a nice, small spider near the middle and a nice piece of a primitive plant not too far away. Lots of other small animals, including a bunch of flies and other animals. This has many ancient air bubbles.

 
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SOLD

Item 23

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

If the animal on the right is a mosquito, it is an ugly mosquito at that. One end of the copal has a very large spider. The other portions of the copal have things like gnats, wasps and some unknowns.

 
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SOLD

Item 24

Termite wings, an unknown ball of fuzz  (very strange) and some ancient air bubbles. Yes, there are some other insects, but they are hard to see. Nice shape and design to this piece.

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SOLD

Item 25

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

This is a big chunk of copal. It has some unusual animals such as a beautiful planthopper, a couple of spiders, a moth, a large winged termite - this is one of those that every time you look at it, you will see something different. It is a great piece of copal. Even large enough to just lay it on a desk.

 
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Item 26

This has a good sized planthopper that even shows some of the patterning on it's wings. There is a bee and a few other animals. I must point out to you the very unusual plant twig (small) - the shape of the leaves is very unusual.

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SOLD

Item 27

Colombian Copal with Fossils - South Amberica

Rather large, about 4 inches x 1 inch x .3 inches, this piece probably has everything. There is a large bee, a pair of termite wings, many different wasps, ants and a few flies and even a Bryophyte. It really does have a lot inside. It weighs 26.7 grams - and we are pricing this one VERY well.

 
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SOLD

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