Burmite Cretaceous Amber with Termite

Dinosaur Era Cretaceous Amber

Fossil Amber Termite (Kalootemitidae)

Class Insecta, Order Isoptera, Family Kalootemitidae

Geological Time: Late Cretaceous, Cenomanian Stage (~100 million years ago)

Size: Amber is 10 mm long, 7 mm across; Inclusion: 6 mm with 6 mm wings

Fossil Site: Hukawng Valley, Kachin State, Myanmar

Code: MYA19

Price: $325.00

Description: This fossil amber specimen displays a termite, one of the primary consumers of cellulose worldwide. While it is thought that Isoptera arose during the Jurassic, no specimens are known to date. This one is amazingly well preserved, and comes from the Late Cretaceous Burmite deposits of Myanmar. It is the winged form of termite known as an alate. Termites are typically wingless, but alates are the sexual form which swarm in immense numbers which pair off and establish new colonies once they have shed their wings. The swarming is a means to overwhelm predators. While many are eaten, a sufficient number survive to form new colonies. This one blundered into some fresh tree sap and became engulfed by additional sap flow to ultimately afford this fine specimen.

Also see: Cretaceous Jersimantis luzzii praying mantis in amber and  Pseudoscorpion in Cretaceous Fossil Amber and Centipede in Cretaceous Amber

Reference: AMNH Novitates, No. 3361, Mar 26, 2002.

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