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As you go through these pages, if there is any type of specimen you do not see but are interested in, please feel free to contact us, we have a rather large inventory. I suspect we can fill your needs, even if you are in need of a particular beetle family or another specific request- we have it!

New species of Planthopper discovered.

New Sumatran Amber Received

New amber monster offered for sale.

All specimens on this page are from the Dominican Republic and about 24 million years old.



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Description of the Specimen



1. A rather large chunk of Dominican amber, 35 grams. Ignoring the beautiful animals inside (later) the market value of the amber alone is about $8 x 35 grams = $280. If you like crane flies (Tipulidae) then this is for you - and it is beautifully polished to boot. The legs scattered around this piece are breath taking. You can even see some of the facets of their eyes. Of course, theamberre are some other things like part of a spider's web, a gnat and a springtail, Collembola, 1 or 2 black scavenger flies, Scatopsidae. You can see numerous flow lines in the beauty also. Just an impressive piece. This is big enough to place on your desk and attract attention.

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2. Larval case of a tineid moth. Tineid caterpillars lived in portable, protective cases that were made out of waste, and faecal material. These moth larvae (Tinediae:Lepidoptera) prefer to construct protective cases that are carried along as they feed and are used as a refuge when danger threatens. These are fairly rare and seldom seen. There is also a caddis fly off to the side. Not far away is a strange ant. The ant is small and appears that it is laying eggs (it is not - this is a worker ant). The eggs must have been from a insect that managed to get away. Finally there is a gall gnat. Cecidomyiidae, not too far away. I even found a parasitic wasp. Hymenoptera, and then a small male spider . There is also a small beetle larvae.
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3. This is just a good piece of amber showing a small flower on the edge. The flower is a legume (Leguminoseae) flower. You can see the stamens dancing in the wind.
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4. A monkey grasshopper (Eumastacidae: Orthoptera). These are wingless and agile, moving through the undergrowth with remarkable ease. These are very rare animals. They frequent treetops but will also rest in the shrub layer in small patches of filtered sunlight. One peculiarity of these grasshoppers is that while resting, they fold their hind legs at right angles to their bodies. This posture gives the impression of two crossing stems, apparently as camouflage against predators. This one is next to what looks like the mycelium of a fungus. Not far away is an unknown flower.
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5. I like this piece. Probably because I like spider webs. This has part of a web that appears that it was dragged though the sticky resin. There is a leaflet that looks like something took a bite out of it. Not far away is an elongate springtail, family Etomobryidae, order Collembola.

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$ 145

6. Nice sized piece, it has many minute air bubbles that make the piece cloudy. Now here is a the best part: this is a zoo inside this piece. It is a zoo that was immortalized about 24 million years ago. It has a fly, Diptera, Brachycera, a large set of unknown legs, a curled leaf, a millipede, Platydesmida, two female worker ants, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, 2 springtails, Collembola, a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae and finally this even has a moving air bubble (the video is poor).
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7. This is a rare animal. The millipede is not large, but it is perfect. At a glance this might be mistaken for a worm. The body though is divided into 11 to 13 segments, with fine hair alongside each one of them. There is a longer bundle of hair on the tail. Under special circumstance, the hairs will open wide like a fan. These are extremely rare in this condition. They only grow to 0.12 inches (3 mm), so tiny that one has to look carefully to find them in amber. This is in the order Polyxenida, class Diplopoda.

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8. Fascinating piece of amber. The amber is not large, but when the animal is viewed - wow. This has a beautiful example of a weevil, Coleoptera, Curculionidae: Apioninae. The detail on this animal is amazing. There is also an enhydro right next to the weevil.
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9. Beautiful cab shape, clear and just the right sized. This does have a female worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae, (sterile). Off to the side are a couple of coprolites. Rather nice piece.

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10. Very clear cab that contains a wasp, Hymenoptera. A friend, who knows wasps better than I said that this was an Ichneumonid wasp, I do not think it is, even though he knows a lot more than me. There are some great air bubbles within air bubbles.

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11. Ever wanted to give your loved one a flower? This is it. In fact, this piece of Dominican amber, 24 million years old, screams to be made into a pendant. The is a flower from a legume plant. Talking about flowers that last...................
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12. This has a plant bug, Hemiptera, family Miridae. Rather unusual to see these animals in amber. The piece of amber is cab shaped.
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13. There are 3 winged termites, Isoptera, in this amber. Very unusual to find even 1. On top of that there is a wasp and some other unknown Dipteran (the elongated abdomen.) Good piece to round off a collection.
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14. There is a lot here. Among others, a cricket, an isopod, mite and a spider. There is also a winged termite. A good piece. Under a good magnifier, this is a different world.
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15. A wasp, Hymenoptera and a beetle, Coleoptera. I like both because you can actually see all the facets of the eyes - a real cool picture.
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16. This piece of amber has the kitchen sink also. Every time I look at it, something new shows up. There is a large twig going through one side. Also there is an immature cricket, a wasp, two platypodid beetles, Coleoptera, Platypodidae, a male spider, one gall gnat and...............a wonderful millipede with body hairs all over, Diplopoda: Polyxenidae. This is an unusual millipede with number of hairs. This makes this a very rare piece.
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17. Just one ant in a simple piece of Dominican amber. But oh boy, what an ant. Hymenoptera, Formicidae. By the way, there is a small mite (also unusual) and near the queen, there are the remains of a spider web (not a lot, but some). All in all, this makes for a very special piece of amber.
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18. One lone beetle awash in a sea of yellow. This has a Bark Beetle, Coleoptera, family Scolytidae. As I commented earlier the scolytid beetles are still found on the few Hymenaea(algarrobo) trees here in the Dominican Republic, under the bark and in the seed pods. Off to the side is a very pretty Chalcidid wasp, Hymenoptera family Chalcididae. This piece is flat on one side and teardrop shape for the rest.
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19. Nice cab shape. This Dominican amber contains one of the larger click beetles that I have seen. Actually, this is an ideal specimen for a click beetle, Coleoptera, Elateridae. The click sound that emanates from them is due to the movement they make when they right themselves from being upside down.
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20. A beautiful amber piece with a nice long legged fly, Diptera, Dolichopodidae. The facets of the eyes are beautiful. Nice cab shape - clear. Might have part of a beetle in the amber also.
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21. A large, irregular shaped piece of amber, probably more suited to making a pendant. This amber has a large winged termite, Isoptera, along with a few miscellaneous termite wings.
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22. You are going to love this one. There is a roach, Blattidae off to the side. "He" is complete. There is an unusual fungus looking white area near the back. In fact it looks like there is rope (it is not rope) going around the unknown malady of the roach.
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23. Smallish piece with a beautiful winged termite, Isoptera. It also has a leaf beetle, Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae. Great price on this.

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24. Need a good level - this en-hydro is large enough to serve as a carpenter's level. Rather rare to get such a large bubble as this. It is so easy to see the bubble move as the large piece is tilted. I have never seen one as good as this. It is a real beauty. I even tried to take a movie of the piece as it is titled. With this amount of water, I must extend this description for a little 'science fiction'. The water is 24 million years old. Just image what bacteria or viruses were around at that time. Now consider that they could still be inside the water in the amber. If you were to break open the amber and expose the water and in this case virus in the water, you might be exposing the world to a virus that might wipe out the human race.............. I think I could see science fiction story from this idea.
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25. There is a story with this one. There is almost a dozen male fungus gnats, Diptera, Mycetophilidae, trapped in this amber. They were probably out on a Saturday night looking for mates and flew into the sticky resin, where they still are 24 million years ago. Cool piece.
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26. Large chunk of amber that is very clear and has some beautiful, small animals. By far and the best are two crane flies, Tipulidae that look (to me) like a pair. The legs around the animals are breath taking. It is truly a joy to look at. Also, there are some other small ants and flies - but the eye catching item are the two crane flies.
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27. We do not normally put such an expensive item on the first page, but this is good enough just because it is so fun to look at. If you haven't guessed, this is a butterfly (it could be a moth) but it is difficult to see the ventral side of the head. Just in case you do not know, wings are not normally spread in amber. This specimen is totally beautiful and so very unique that it has to be shown on this page. And yes, it does have it's own page. Enjoy these pictures since you will probably never see a butterfly with it's wings spread like this one again. Believe it or not, this is priced to sell quickly.
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28. An assassin bug, Hemiptera, Reduviidae. This is a bloodsucking parasite on mammals. In 1835 Charles Darwin in western Argentina, was bitten by a similar insect, and contracted Chagas' disease. The assassin bug is fairly easy to see.
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29. This is a teaching piece. The feature that jumps out at you are the circular marks on the amber. This has a portion of an amber tube. That is where the amber flows upon itself, layer upon layer. This is rather good for that. It does have a spider near the center and a fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae.
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30. Have we got a great deal for you. We just got back from the Dominican Republic and bought a "bag full" of pendants like the ones to the left. Some have bugs, most do not, but each one is special and hand done. Since we got such a good deal on them, we pass it on to you, these are only $25 each. You do not get to pick, this will be a situation where we reach into the bag and pull out one randomly. This is a real, real good deal. Our numbers are limited though.
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We have been looking for a good jewel er's loupe that will not break the bank. This is it. Well built, good optics and something that everyone can afford. Our main goal with this loupe was that it would be a triplet loupe, have good optics and would not break the next day. Finally we wanted a loupe that you could give to a kid (or use yourself) and then not have to cry when the child lost the loupe. This just fits the bill every way around. You will love it. This is a 10X loupe (even though it does say 20X). It has all the power you will ever need.
This has it's own page also.

We just picked up a number of Dominican Republic amber beads. All are rather clear and beautiful. The sizes range from around 5 mm to 11 mm, although there are a number that are larger. The price is $14 per gram. We weighed a 5-6 mm bead and it weighed about .5 gram.

That should give you a general reference. If you are interested in these, email us and let us know general sizes and desired weight.

An authentic touch screen scale. It has a lid that opens up to an impressive touch screen scale. It is 4.5 x 2.5 inches x .5 inches deep. Very nicely built - this beauty even comes with a pouch so it does not get scratched. This is really a nice instrument AND they are on sale for only $18.95 (down from $27.85).

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Please feel free to visit out sister store that specializes in DNA products. From neckties to jewelry, to DNA models and DNA stuffed toys! The DNA Store has things you only dreamed about. You will enjoy your visit - it is a very unique store.

Also there is a unique site for exclusive and specialized Dominican amber at the Amber Mine.

Postage for amber will usually cost $5.55 (USD Priority Mail in the USA) or 1st class mail anywhere in the world. There may be exceptions to this. We will get your sample to you as soon as possible (usually mailed the same day or at worst, the next day). U.S. orders go out by Priority Mail, overseas as Air Mail. Books are normally mailed "Media Mail", unless they are light, in which case they are mailed first class. Overseas books are air mail unless the weight is prohibitive, in which case you will have the option of surface (ship) or paying a bit extra for air mail. All prices are in U.S. dollars. If you are overseas and want something other than normal air mail - contact us when you make the purchase. For any questions, please contact us at

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