This is a flat and thin piece of amber. The Pseudoscorpion is a fairly good sized, that is it can be seen without a microscope (albeit small.) If you know your Pseudoscorpions, this should be easy to ID. There are regular and numerous extensions from the body (see image) that are very telling.
Probably the nicest and clearest roach, Orthoptera, Blattidae, I have ever seen. About 1/2 inch in size, and the clarity is magnificent. I believe that this is an adult wood cockroach. Fossils in amber are seen, but are normally rather incomplete. There are flagellates inside cockroaches' alimentary systems for the digestion of things they eat, but these microbes would in turn devour their bodies once they die. This is a museum piece.
This is Chiapas amber (Mexico) not Dominican. 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 under-surface of the abdomen by a few silken threads.
This particular specimen has a fracture running through the animal. This is a natural fracture and not glued or put back together by a human. In fact it is this fracture that makes it an affordable item. Otherwise see number 21 on this page. This is a very rare specimen. The price is phenomenal.
14.2 grams of pure Dominican amber (large). It has a flower from a royal palm, Palmae, Roystonea. The flower is difficult to see from all sides, since there are air bubbles and such blocking the view, but when you do see it - wow. I have only run into a small number of these flowers in 20 years. There is a cool tube with air bubbles going through the amber. Off to the side there are some crane fly legs. Finally there is a fly at the top of the flower.
Two spiders in this large chunk of amber. One spider is in the dead center (once pictured at the left) and the other is off center. The off center is the interesting spider. I should know the family of this spider, but cannot recall it it. Unusual, with large pedipalps................really cool.`
This piece has two great animals. First, there is a planthopper, I think in the family Deliphidae, Homoptera. What just gets me every time is that you can see the wing pattern on this 20 million year old animal. Totally amazing. Right next to the planthopper is a small spider - almost as if the spider is jumping on the planthopper (it is not....). The entire piece would make a lovely pendant.
Hard to know where to start with this magnificent piece. There are a few midges, Diptera, Chironomidae, flies, Brachycera, a large springtail, Collembola and even a large spider. Scattered around are legs that appear to have come off a crane fly. Also close to the middle is a stingless tropical bee, Hymenoptera. There is one fly near the middle that stands out from the crowd. The details on the head are out of this world. You can see the facets of the eye as though 'he' died yesterday. This would make a beautiful picture to go along with the large chunk of amber. Quite the piece.
Praying mantises, Orthoptera are soo rare in Dominican amber that it is just so exciting to see one. This one is perfect! The piece of amber is beautifully clear and the mantis looks like "he" is jumping out at you. The perfect piece for a good collection. Mantids (or mantis) are characterized by a lengthened thorax (chest) and a head that can turn 180 degrees. They typically carry their barbed front legs in an attack position. It looks like a praying position, giving them the nickname "praying mantis". They could very well be called 'preying mantis" because they are fierce and fearless, attacking prey from insects to small animals like lizards.
This is a strange one. I do not know (yet) what it is, but I do know it is special. I am not even sure what to put down as a guess on this one - does anyone know? Just found out, this is a cockroach in the family Corydiidae (Polyphagidae). This is the first time I have ever seen one of these.
This is a rare flower in Dominican amber. I have never seen a flower like this in Dominican amber. You can see the stamens and literally the entire rest of the flower. The flower is large, about 1 inch in size and so easily seen that it jumps out at you. The piece of amber itself is rather large. I do believe that this has significant scientific value. If not, it would make one heck of a pendant. This is one that you will be 100% satisfied with.
Maybe not the clearest piece, but it does have some good stuff inside. There are some platypodid beetles, Coleoptera, Platypodidae along with female worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, a gall gnat, Diptera, Cecidomyiidae and even an unknown (maybe some type of weevil?). Finally there is part of a branching set of leaves.
Here it is. There is a difficult to see, tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera, Meliponini and part of a spider's web. There is also single bract from the covering of what may be a flower. The web appears to be dragged though the amber, but you can ID it definitely as a spider's web. The sticky globules are visible on many parts.
Rarely seen on planthoppers is a brush tail on this little guy. The young produce a tail of long wax filaments from an area near the tip of the abdomen. Being refractive, they are very noticeable, causing a predator to strike at the tail. The predator ends up with a mouthful of waxy filaments while the now 'tail-less" planthopper darts away. This is a good specimen.