Some things are cool, some boring and then there is this. for the past 20 million years these flies have been mating. What a thought..... Caught in the act of procreation, a layer of resin flowed over them and immortalized their behavior forever. Very rare and seldom seen, here are two black scavenger flies, Diptera, Scatopsidae in the act of mating. On the images the male is on the right and the female is on the left. An interesting potential gift, for the right person.
I must admit, this is a beautiful specimen at a great price. Inside this piece of Dominican amber is a paussid beetle.
The family comprises an interesting group of beetles adapted to life in ant nests. they are similar to and were included in the ground beetle family (Carabidae), but because of their modified morphology and specialized behavior, they are now considered a separate family. This is an unidentified paussid in Dominican amber. There is also a spider on one side of the beetle.
A fascinating piece of amber. Unto itself, not beautiful, has a few stress cracks and a strange shape. It does have a beautiful shore fly in it (with great detail shown - sometimes called a brine fly.), Diptera, Brachycera, family Ephydridae, genus Beckeriella (I cannot do the species). Shore flies are tiny flies that can be found near seashores or at smaller inland waters, such as ponds.
This is a very rare specimen. Sawflies are very hard to find (I have seen only 2) in Dominican amber - or any amber as far as that goes. This is a male sawfly, Hymenoptera, Argidae. The 4 antennae on this particular piece are fantastic. This is for the serious collector, not the casual collector.
ID'ing a queen ant is difficult for me. At first glance, this looks like a winged queen female. The more I study it, I think it is a winged male (but I am not sure on this one.) The reason being is that the 'mesosoma' is a bit smaller than I would expect. If it is a queen, you will have have quite a deal with this piece. There is a good looking long legged fly, Brachycera. Also, there are two planthoppers, one of which is Fulgoridea and then there is a smaller, immature Fulgorid. .
Every piece of amber has it's own beauty and this one is no different. There is a large spider just off center. The spider is nice (I like large spiders) but in the abdomen is an air bubble. This was probably caused by decaying inner parts when it was trapped in the resin. Just think, this air bubble is in water that is 20 million years old. If you select this one, do not break it since the water might contain....who knows what. Not far from the spider is what looks like a casing to seed. Coming off the casing is part of a spider's web - you can see this as a thin irregular line. Finally there is a smaller spider off to the side (male?).
Mosquitoes are members of the insect Family Culicidae. Insects, belonging to this family possess paired scaled wings, paired halteres, slender bodies, and long legs. They belong to the insect Order Diptera (“true flies”). Mosquitoes are similar to flies though. The differences among the two insects include: scales on the wings of mosquitoes, longer legs and female mosquitoes possessing a long mouth part called proboscis in the female, used for piercing their victim’s skin. The males do not have the proboscis - so when you get bitten by a mosquito, you are being bitten by a female. To find a mosquito in amber is a VERY rare occurrence. Mosquito's are not attracted to the aromatic compounds found in resin (amber). Which means they have no reason to find themselves trapped in that sticky resin from the tree. Gnats and such are attracted to the resin, but not mosquito's. As generally known, mosquito's are attracted by a mammalian scent - not the chemical aroma of a tree.
Coprolite..........if you know what that is, read on. This is a beautiful, spherical piece of Dominican amber. It is large, spherical and the coprolite is large. In fact it is large enough that I can confidently say that this is a mammalian coprolite (poop). Probably the finest I have ever seen, this is about .9 inches in diameter. A sure conversation piece, you cannot go wrong with this beauty. A perfect piece for a pendant, or the special piece for your collection.
Bottom line, this is really a cool piece.
A curled up ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae. That being said the ant is fairly large. The best part about this is that there is an air bubble inside the ant that moves when you turn the piece over. The air bubble is not real obvious, but it is a good sized one when you do spot it. I have often wondered if there could by any dangerous viruses inside the water around the air bubble. If there were, the world could be a dangerous place with the 20 million year old virus. There are a few black scavenger flies also.
Nice tall cab shape with a lot of forest debris inside. There is what appears to be a crane fly leg going through, along with a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae. Now here is the strange part: I am going to guess there is a leg of an insect paying on the fungus gnat - at first I thought it looked like a mighty small portion of a lizard tail - but I do not think that is what it is.
Beautiful, isn't it. This is a planthopper in the superfamily Fulgoroidea. Planthoppers feed on plants. They also are some of the more beautiful animals around - often they have distinctive wing shapes and vein patterns in the wings. This planthopper is no exception. take a look at the wings, just beautiful. This is also a large insect as you will be able to see in the scanned image below.
Here is almost what I would consider an impossible situation. We have a rare whip scorpion. This came from the La Toca mines and this one is out of this world. The whip scorpion is beautiful. Oh, is this a perfect specimen. There is also a small spider and even an unknown mite. This will take your breath away when you see it. This is one of the animals that you will sometimes find in books. Often it is the same picture that is used from book to book or article to article. They are so rare in Dominican amber that you will just not see that many pictures of them. The whip scorpion is one of the rarest of all finds. Tail-less whip scorpions or amblypigids are very efficient predators. They remain hidden under leaves, bark and other debris for most of the day. They come out at night to feed. Their chelicerae are modified into strong, spine-armored grasping organs that the hapless arthropods would find nearly inescapable. Their front pair of legs, in contrast, are long and slender, obviously modified for sensory functions. Lacking any type of tail appendage, these formidable creatures are not frequently encountered. The females carry their eggs in a sac attached to the undersurface of the abdomen by a few silken threads.
Amblypygi..........Genus Phrynus species resinae............... Schawaller 1979>
This is a museum piece.
Large chunk of amber that is very clear and has some beautiful, small animals. By far and the best are two crane flies, Tipulidae that look (to me) like a pair. The legs around the animals are breath taking. It is truly a joy to look at. Also, there are some other small ants and flies - but the eye catching item are the two crane flies.
An interesting piece of Dominican amber. It appears that there are 2 tumbling flower beetles, Coleoptera, Mordellidae. The Mordellidae are a family of beetles commonly known as tumbling flower beetles for the typical irregular movements they make when escaping predators, or as pintail beetles due to their abdominal tip which aids them in performing these tumbling movements. It is unusual to see such a disparity in size - one is small and one is very large. The is also a nice 3 layers of air bubbles.
Barklice: Order Psocoptera.....I think. This is rather large for a barklice, but I will stick with my first impression. Take a close look at the wings since they are spectacular. The original patterns on the wing are visible. This is a beautiful specimen. I could see this being framed also with 2 of the pictures from this sale. An impressive animal. Along with that, this barklice appears to have been covered in an amber tube (like a stalagmite). You can even see 2 other drops caught in the sticky resin flow.
Have we got a great deal for you. We just got back from the Dominican Republic and bought a "bag full" of old pendants like the ones to the left. Some have bugs, most do not, but each one is special and hand done. Since we got such a good deal on them, we pass it on to you, these are only $12 each. You do not get to pick, this will be a situation where we reach into the bag and pull out one randomly. This is a real, real good deal. Our numbers are limited though.
chiapas amber pendants
Just like above, we have come into a good sized bag of Chiapas pendants. They are new (the above ones are "old" - at least the silver is). I do not see a lot of bugs in these pieces, but the swirls and shapes are rather attractive. We are pricing them almost at the price of the Dominican pendants above, but just a bit more..... $14 each. You do not get to pick, this will be a situation where we reach into the bag and pull out one randomly. This is also a super deal!
We have been looking for a good jewel er's loupe that will not break the bank. This is it. Well built, good optics and something that everyone can afford. Our main goal with this loupe was that it would be a triplet loupe, have good optics and would not break the next day. Finally we wanted a loupe that you could give to a kid (or use yourself) and then not have to cry when the child lost the loupe. This just fits the bill every way around. You will love it. This is a 10X loupe (even though it does say 20X). It has all the power you will ever need.
This has it's own page also.
We just picked up a number of Dominican Republic amber beads. All are rather clear and beautiful. The sizes range from around 5 mm to 11 mm, although there are a number that are larger. The price is $14 per gram. We weighed a 5-6 mm bead and it weighed about .5 gram.
That should give you a general reference. If you are interested in quantities other than on the left, email us and let us know general sizes and the numbered desired.
An authentic touch screen scale. It has a lid that opens up to an impressive touch screen scale. It is 4.5 x 2.5 inches x .5 inches deep. Very nicely built - this beauty even comes with a pouch so it does not get scratched. This is really a nice instrument AND they are on sale for only $6.95 .
large collection of fossil inclusions
Here is an interesting deal. I have a rather large number of amber pieces that are about 1.5 inches by 1 or more inches. The pieces are all large and all contain sharp looking insects. Now here is the deal: if there are any dealers that are interesting in the entire lot (there are about 1,000 of the giant pieces), I can give you a good deal on them. They are perfect sizes for pendants or just selling on the open market. This deal is contingent on selling the entire collection. The price for the entire lot is excellent. If you are interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will quote you a price for all 1,000 giant pieces.
dominican blue amber ring
This is different. We came into some of these blue amber rings and were so impressed that we now have a few to sell. Inside a room, the sphere looks like normal amber, outside or near a window, the sphere jumps 'beautiful blue' at you. Almost like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Not the slightest idea about sizes, but the inside diameter is 21 mm or 7/8 of an inch. The ring is open on the back side, so it should fit most fingers. We have never seen anything like this before. We have placed a very good price on the ring. The ring is hollow gold plated, 925 silver. It is very light and easy to wear. The rings are copyrighted by Art 7, a great jewelry design and manufacturer located in Poland.