Dominican Amber

Item 105

Very nice and clear cabochon that has 2 fairly good sized animals.  Both in the order Homoptera, one is planthopper, Fulgoroidea and the other is a cicada, family Cixiidae.

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Item 106

This is one cool spider. It is commonly called the oil-can spider. Take a close look at the body and you will see why they are called this. They are not common in Dominican amber (although I would not say they are rare). There is a little confusion in terminology of this genus: it is either Lasaeola or Dipoena (family Theridiidae). The amber is small and thin.

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Item 107

You will like this one.  there is a nice sized tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera, tribe, Meliponini, genus, Proplebeia, species, dominicana.  There is also a very small parasitic wasp, Hymenoptera.

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Item 108

1.75 x 1.5 x .75 inches and about 17.1 grams.  This large cab has an interesting color and pattern on it.  You will enjoy looking at these pictures.  There are two small 'dead' areas on the the cab - which do not detract at all - great price.

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Item 109

Small piece with a nice fly, Diptera, Brachycera. Has what looks like some coprolites and also an unknown Dipteran.

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Item 110

Don't look at this one, if you do, you will fall in love with it. There is a perfect long legged fly, Diptera, Dolichopodidae. It is such a thrill to see such a beautiful animal.

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Item 111

Homoptera, Fulgoroidea - there are 2 planthoppers in this piece of Dominican amber. One planthopper is very small. In fact the small one looks as though there is a mite on one of the back legs (but upon further inspection, it is not a mite)- really cool. Finally there is a large springtail, Collembola (not shown in pictures).

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Item 112

Dominican Amber with Insects

I love crane flies (Diptera:Tipulidae).  They are really beautiful - and they photograph so well.  Here is a young one alone with a midge and possibly a bristletail.

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Item 113

This elongated piece contains a single true midge, Diptera, Chironomoidae.  The abdomen is strangely bloated.

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Item 114

There is something about a leaf (or in this case, part of a leaf) that is just plain cool. You can even see what looks like stomata on the leaf.

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Item 115

This piece of Dominican amber has a single flat footed ambrosia beetle, Coleoptera, Platypodidae.  If you are looking for a good example of this, this is a good piece at a good price.

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Item 117

In small spider amongst a sea of yellow with ancient air bubbles all around. Nice piece - only a spider here.

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Item 118

Good piece with a caddis fly, Trichoptera, a black scavenger fly, Scatopsidae, a fly, Nematocera, a fly, Brachycera and fungus gnat, Mycetophilidae and even a good sized wasp, Hymenoptera.  That is a lot.

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Item 119

Large dome shape amber with an unknown beetle, Coleoptera, part of an eaten leaf and a small scaly barklouse, Psocoptera, Lepidopsocidae.

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Item 120

This is a good looking piece of Dominican amber.  Very clear and centrally located is a large winged (male) ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae.  Good show piece without spending  a fortune (still not what I consider cheap).  There are 2 other very small flies.

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Item 121

Good sized piece of Dominican amber. This has 3 very small (baby?) spiders and a rove beetle. It is a nice piece showing some successive resin flow and a bunch of 24 million year old air bubbles.

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Item 122

Nice sized piece of Dominican amber.  This has an ichneumon wasp, Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae and a small gall gnat, Cecidomyiidae (although most gall gnats are small!).  Finally there is a sphecid wasp, Sphecidae.

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Item 123

Larger piece of amber with a single air bubble. The bubble is large and has amber cracks going through it. You do not see large bubbles like this very often.

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Item 124

Here are a bunch of bubbles. This one, the bubbles look like they have been deflated. How that happens, I do not know. Fun effect to see.

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Item 125

Dominican Amber With Insects

Here you go with a beautiful cab that contains one single air bubble. The bubble is opaque and the other side has some interesting patterns.

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Item 126

On the side of this clear piece is a beautiful tropical stingless bee, Hymenoptera, genus Proplebeia, species dominicana.  You cannot go wrong with this one.

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Item 127

Here is a female worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae curled up and ready to fight.  Although the sticky resin caught this sterile worker 20 million years ago.  It has some nice ancient air bubbles.

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Item 128

An unusual beetle, Coleoptera, Scraptiidae(I think). This is the type of beetle found on the forest floor of the amber forest. the amber is good sized and very clear.

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