Dominican Amber

Item 30

An interesting piece of amber.  Light colored and very clear, this beauty has some organic debris scattered throughout it.  In addition, I think there are 3 worker ants, fairly large also in the debris.  A fun piece to look at.

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Item 31

Cab shaped piece with a nymph of a  planthopper, Homoptera.  The eyes are particularly good.   Near the nymph is a strange looking artifact (not real), looks like someone tried to draw a path with a magic marker.  There is also an ant with what looks like an egg case next to it.

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Item 32

This is a small piece of amber.  In addition, there is some surface glazing.  But it does have a nice tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera, Meliponini, genus, Proplebeia, species, dominicana.

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Item 33

This is an unusual piece. It contains roots and a small Bryophyte. Roots are classically found in 'fake' amber (this is NOT fake) so, to find one like this is particularly cool. There are some wasps also.

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Item 34

There is so much inside this piece I am not sure where to start.  First, the shape is perfect for a silver or gold band wrap to be made into a pendant.  There are about 5 very large wasps in this piece, Hymenoptera, also a few female worker ants (sterile), a long legged fly, Dolichopodidae, a leaf beetle, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, what looks like a seed husk and finally 2 unknowns.

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Item 35

Bristletails are rarely found in Dominican amber.  The order Thysanura, is characterized by three long tails and long slender antennae. The body is shrimp-like. Thysanura, in particular, may be the direct ancestor of winged insects. There are also 3 or 4 fungus gnats, Diptera, Mycetophilidae. This is a good piece.

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Item 36

Interesting piece. This has a large long legged fly, Diptera, Dolichopodidae (?), an unknown beetle (not sure about this one), two fungus gnats, Diptera, Mycetophilidae and a moth fly. It has some other stuff also. A lot of the animals were caught at the 'interface' of two layers of resin - easily seen in the photo.

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Item 37

Lots of air bubbles, sometimes clouding the visibility.  But among the air bubbles are a number of moving air bubbles.  That water has been in the amber of 20 million years - just think about that - especially if there is an ancient virus that could wipe out life on earth.  (Probably not, but an interesting thought.....)   The piece is  nice sized and has a barklice, Psocoptera.  Also a worker ant and part of a leaf.

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Item 38

Flowers for my lady? Here is a 24 million year old Acacia flower - similar to the one's now-a-days. Rather unusual to see the stamens intertwined with the pistil in the center awaiting fertilization with pollen. This also has an unknown insect off to the side.

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Item 39

Ya' gotta love this one.  There is a complete cricket.  The long antennae are both present and all the body parts.  In fact you can discern the body markings.  Quite an impressive fellow.  Not far from him is the largest springtail I have ever seen (they are normally VERY small).  Thrown in a couple wasps and this is quite the piece.  Finally there is a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae.


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Item 40

This is a perfect piece to have made into a pendant. Perfect shape, very clear, great color, great size. It has part of a stick going through one side of it. This also has a small, perfect caddis fly, Tricoptera.

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Item 41

There are 2 platypodid beetles, Coleoptera, Playtypodidae - but that is not the special thing here.  There are 2 plant parts, probably plant flower related.  The strange is one of the parts.  It looks like there are seeds (I do not believe they are seeds) - maybe something like stamens all in a row.  I just do not know, but do recognize it as unique.

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Item 42

Ever wanted the rare isopod? Here is a small piece with a pretty good isopod (woodlouse). Rather rare to see such an animal in amber.

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Item 43

Here is a  piece with 1 or 2 very small immature roaches (could be mantids but I doubt it).  They are small and difficult to discern.

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Item 44

At first I thought it was an Isopod, then decided a wasp and now I think it is an Isopod.  Had to say (for me).  This is a 'smallish' piece of amber.

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Item 45

If you like legs, this is it. There are a scad of crane fly legs all over. Probably a mating swarm that became stuck in the sticky resin. There is a lot more, this has a beetle, a small primitive fly Neuroptera, and even part of a larger unknown animal.

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Item 46

A second look is required here. I think this is a ptilodactlid beetle, Coleoptera, Ptylodactylidae. The piece is very busy with numerous air bubbles and another beetle, flat footed ambrosia beetle, Coleoptera, Platypodidae. the amber is large and very interesting.

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Item 47

If you recognize the wings, then you know that this is a mayfly Emphemeridae.  This is a male since the cerci are so  long.  This  specimen with all three cerci intact is very rare.   Mayflies are characterized by protruding eyes.  Hind wings  are small and rounded or very reduced.  Mayfly adults enjoy a life span of no more than two days.  On the transition from nymph to adult stage, they fly from the surface of the water for mating, but do not feed.  They complete their mating process and die after one or two days.  This specimen is perfect.

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Item 48

Not a large piece, but it contains a very nice nymph of a  planthopper, Homoptera, Fulgoridea.  Good details on this animal (good price also).

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Item 49

A rather busy piece. This has lots of wood debris scattered all over. There is a tropical bee, Hymenoptera, a worker ant and a larger winged ant. Because of the 'forest' debris, some of the insects are harder to see.

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Item 50

Here is something different...........this is a sphere of amber that has a perfect ambrosia beetle, Coleoptera, Platypodidae. The sphere is 10 mm in size.

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Item 51

A very large chunk of amber (23 grams).  The amber is clear and very good.  Inside are 2 small spiders (barely visible with the naked eye) along with some gnats.  This is a good piece.

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Item 52

Good sized chunk of amber.  The insects inside are not huge, but they are distinct.  There is an immature cicada, Homoptera, family Cixiidae.  Also small wasps, and a washed out looking worker ant.  There is even what looks like a small part of a moss. Finally, there is a beautiful looking fly.

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Item 53

If that picture does not catch your eye, nothing will.  This is a square headed ant, Hymenoptera, Myrmicinae: Zacryptocerus.  This is a worker ant who blocks the nest entrance with their square heads.  Like a strong"gate" they plug the entrance.  Only when the right password (signal or recognition scent) will allow entry.

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Item 54

A large piece of amber.  It does also have a large springtail, Collembola - but remember that springtails are small to begin with.  There is a a wasp and a spider.

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