Blattodea, Diptera, Coleoptera, Dermaptera, Hymenoptera, Psocoptera, Isoptera);
and Chelicerata Arachnida: Araneae
Time: Pleistocene to Pliocene
70 by 58 mm; 29.3 grams
Andes mountains in Colombia
is an amazing fossil amber ecosystem containing more than 70 insects
and two spiders. There are two principle inclusions, a huge mantis-looking
cockroach measuring 16 mm in length, and a rare mosquito.
are members of Order Diptera and very rarely found in amber, where
most other Diptera are common. In all there are 7 insects orders
represented, including a cranefly (Diptera), earwig (Dermaptera),
and 2 Alates (Isoptera), the winged, sexual form of the termite.
hand-polished clear specimen is large and thin. In all, an amazing
slice of once-animated life from an ancient rainforest ecosystem.
also: Museum Fossils