amberica west

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. An interview in 2014.

Monster Blue Sumatran Amber

And you think your job is hard.

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


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1. This piece has a unusual ant. amber I must also tell you that I am not an expert in ants though but that will not stop me from telling you that I think it is a worker ant in the subfamily of Ponerinae, Leptanilloides sp. The amber has a number of other animals also, from a gall gnat, Cecidomyiidae to part of a twisted leaf. Good piece.
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2. Sometimes I marvel at what nature can pack into a limited space. This is not a particularly large piece of amber, but there are at least 7 female worker ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) all over this piece. Really sharp. Fun to look at under the microscope and priced so that you can.
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3. Rather an interesting piece of amber. Not particularly polished, but smooth. This chunk has 3 worker termites, Isoptera. The termites are so bloated that they are almost unrecognisable. A fun piece to look at with a magnifier. You will like this 'different' piece of Dominican amber.
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4. Very clear piece of amber with a long-legged spider. This is a male spider and it looks like there are droplets of liquid at the end of each pedipalp. Maybe sperm? Many of the legs are ripped off.
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5. This is a very rare specimen. Sawflies are very hard to find (I have seen only 2) in Dominican amber - or any amber as far as that goes. This is a male sawfly, Hymenoptera, Argidae. The 4 antennae on this particular piece are fantastic. This is for the serious collector, not the casual collector.

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6. amber Interesting looking piece of amber. In particular, the most unique this about this is the isopod (Isopoda) ....unusual to see these animals. There is also a beautiful fly with a sponging mouth, Diptera, Brachycera.
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7. Long thin piece that has a planthopper, Homoptera, Cixiidae along with a wasp, Hymenoptera and an unknown. amber

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amber8. Here is a piece with multiple flower parts ( stamens) and other bits. There are even 2 heads from ants ( ant war nearby?). On one side is what may be a leaf. It is unusual in that it does look like the nucleus is visible in the cells (doubtful though due to size). It is a good piece, long and tear dropped.
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9. Fun piece of amber to look at. There is a mass of twisted Bryophyte stems. Right next to this is also a flower. Really an interesting piece that you will enjoy looking at . Not to far from Bryophyte are some unusual bubble looking objects. They are really different.
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10.Mosquitoes are members of the insect Family Culicidae. Insects, belonging to this family possess paired scaled wings, paired halteres, slender bodies, and long legs. They belong to the insect Order Diptera (“true flies”). Mosquitoes are similar to flies though. The differences among the two insects include: scales on the wings of mosquitoes, longer legs and female mosquitoes possessing a long mouth part called proboscis in the female, used for piercing their victim’s skin. The males do not have the proboscis - so when you get bitten by a mosquito, you are being bitten by a female. To find a mosquito in amber is a VERY rare occurrence. Mosquito's are not attracted to the aramaic compounds found in resin (amber). Which means they have no reason to find themselves trapped in that sticky resin from the tree. Gnats and such are attracted to the resin, but not mosquito's. As generally known, mosquito's are attracted by a maambermmalian scent - not the chemical aroma of a tree.

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11. This is hard to describe since I am not sure what it is. When I first looked at it, I thought "I've got some mammalian hair". Upon further observations. it appears there is a smaller hair like structure coming from what I originally thought was a hair. So now I am confused. Looks like hair, but I have some doubts. It is a nice sized piece, clear with great color.
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amber12. 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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amber13. 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. This is the rare lace bug, Tingidae. Possibly this is in the genus Sinalda. Lace bugs have beautiful wing veination and are all just gorgeous looking. This is a very clear piece of Dominican amber.
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amber15. 241 grams (1/2 pound) of pure, clear Dominican amber. Just a beautiful piece. You can see clear through this piece. As is evident from the images, this is not polished. One side of it was cut with a diamond saw (you can see the blade marks). Quite this piece and it is priced at seven dollars per gram. It is about 3 x 3 x 3 inches.
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16. An interesting piece of Dominican amber. There are lots of air bubbles and debris to keep one looking under a microscope for a long time. There is also a large, winged termite, Isoptera.amber

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17. Clear piece of amber with a small planthopper nymph, Homoptera. What is really sharp is that there are waxy filaments on the posterior end of the animal. Possibly they used these filaments to defend themselves from predators much like tarantulas do now-a-days. The filaments are not often seen.
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amber18. Clear, thinnish piece of Dominican amber that has a great looking fly, Diptera, Brachycera.
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19. This piece of amber's claim to fame is a perfect fungus gnat, Diptera, Mycetophilidae. Easy to see with details that are thrilling. Looks wonderful under a microscope. If you want the perfect fungus gnat, look no further. By the way, there is a gall gnat, Cecidomyiidae, in this amber also.
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amber20. How fun is this one. It has six flat-footed ambrosia beetles, Coleoptera, Platypodidae. The piece is large, and great to look at.
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21. Nice fly, Brachycera, in this piece of amber. The price is good on this specimen.amber
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amber22. 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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amber23. Nice sized cab. This has a single rove beetle in it, Coleoptera, Staphylinidae. Rove beetles, typically have elytra like a short jacket, leaving exposed several abdominal segments.

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amber24. 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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amber25. 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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amber26. 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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amber27. 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, metalmark family possibly the genus Napaea (Riodinidae: Lepidoptera), 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. What a gorgeous piece of Dominican amber. Only partly polished so that when you look into this amber it is like looking into a clear lake. It even has a very light blue hue to it. I love this piece, you can get lost looking into it. It is 37.5 grams and about 2.5 x 2 x .5 inches. This is one impressive piece.


amber29. This is an interesting piece of amber. I does have a female, worker ant, Hymenoptera, Formicidae. When I first looked at her, I thought she had a mite on the thorax. Upon closer examination, I do not believe so. I am not sure what they are. Looks like 3 or 4 'things' on her. This is either an unbelievable buy or a bust - I really do not know.
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amber30. Some mayflies, Ephemeroptera, have 2 or 3 long hair-like tails and strong forewings. Hind wings are small and rounded or very reduced. Mayfly adults enjoy a life span of no more than two days. On transition from nymph to adult stage, they fly from the surface of the water for mating, but do not feed. They complete the mating process and die after one or two days. Mayfly eggs are laid in water, and are hatched within one or two weeks.

Fossils of mayflies are very rarely found in amber. Mayflies have the shortest life span of any animal. They may spend two to three years as nymphs at the bottom of lakes and streams, and then live for as little as one hour as winged adults. You may find this comic good, especially since it deals with mayflies (you will be leaving this site, but you can use your 'back' button.) This has a great price on is hard to beat.
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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 old 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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loupeWe 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.
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10, 7mm beads

10, 8mm beads

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amberWe 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.

amberThat should give you a general reference. If you are interested in quantities other than on the left, email us and let us know general sizes and the numbered desired.

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).

Amber Collection

Here is an interesting deal. I have a rather large number of amber pieces that are about 1.5 inches by 1 or more inches. The pieces are all large and all contain sharp looking insects. Now here is the deal: if there are any dealers that are interesting in the entire lot (there are about 1,000 of the giant pieces), I can give you a good deal on them. They are perfect sizes for pendants or just selling on the open market. This deal is contingent on selling the entire collection. The price for the entire lot is excellent. If you are interested, email me at and I will quote you a price for all 1,000 giant pieces.

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  • Oil Can Spider #106
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  • Female Earwig #149
  • Spider #156
  • Flower Bud #30
  • Wood Gnat #44
  • Strange Looking Air Bubbles #55
  • Cockroach #63
  • Leafhopper #69
  • Cockroach #78
  • Spider #86
Oil Can Spider #1061 Crane Fly #1132 Crane Fly Legs #1253 Pseudoscorpion #1374 Female Earwig #1495 Spider #1566 Flower Bud #307 Wood Gnat #448 Strange Looking Air Bubbles #559 Cockroach #6310 Leafhopper #6911 Cockroach #7812 Spider #8613

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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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