Fossil Dragonfly With Insect Cluster In Amber - Myanmar
This is an amazing piece of amber. It contains a 16.8mm, fossil dragonfly (Gomphidae) in 1.2" long amber from Myanmar, formerly Burma. In addition to the dragonfly, this amber contains four cockroaches (Blatodea), three wasps (Hymenoptera), two flies (diptera), two beetles (Coleoptera) a spider (Araneae) and an ant (Formicidae). This is truly a spectacular amber. The amber is Late Cretaceous in age, so these insects were living at the same time as the dinosaurs. Other inclusions are air bubbles, cracks or plant material. Most inclusions in amber are very small and best viewed under magnification.
Please note that insect inclusions in amber such as this one are typically very small and you will need magnification to make out much detail. It's very rare to get larger insects trapped in amber, as they are typically powerful enough to struggle free.
Note: While the Baltic Amber we have sold comes with stunning macro photography in both physical and digital forms this is NOT available for this specimen. The photography of the baltic amber was done by our supplier and required hand polishing the amber surface very close to the inclusion, shooting up to a dozen photos and combing them using photo stacking software. This is not something we can do ourselves with this burmese amber.
Note #2: There is a lot of false information on the Internet that Amber is illegal to export from Myanmar (Burma). Under their laws fossils may not be exported from the country, but under Myanmar Mines Law amber (including amber with insect inclusions) is classified as a gemstone, and may be exported. Amber has been a large export from the region for centuries and it's mining and sale makes up a significant part of the local economy with an estimated 10 tons exported annually.
Burmese amber, or Burmite, is collected from small mines in the Hukawng Valley and is an important source of Cretaceous plant and animal fossils. Geologists suspect that the area was once part of the supercontinent Gondwana.
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