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  1. I just received this amazing piece of Burmese amber yesterday. The seller thought the long strands were pine needles, but I think they are segmented coprolites from an insect/larva similar to that of the modern sawfly larva. While, I'm pretty good at spotting fossilized fecal matter, I'm not so good at bugs. I'm hoping someone here can help me ID the insects and mite so that I can confirm this dates to the Cretaceous. 1. Can anyone tell me what this one is? It was identified by the seller as a sand fly. I'm hoping the terminal appendages (hopefully I'm using the correct terminology) might be diagnostic. 2. Next is this little flying insect (the wings are really hard to see), that was identified by the seller as a wasp. It looks more like a flying ant to me, but I know next to nothing about bugs. 3. This one looks like a mite to me, but was not mentioned by the seller. 4. The boxy shape of this one looks like a smaller version of what I've seen identified as "bark beetle" in Dominican amber. However, I haven't been able to find anything similar Burmese amber.
  2. Stuff of Nightmares

    So a little while back I had the fun of coming into a bunch of Baltic amber with inclusions. I pretty much just looked at the bag of pieces and said, "Wow, that's pretty neat!" Then I promptly set them down on one of my display cases ...and proceeded to forget almost entirely about their existence. Tonight my son and I decided to bust out our cheap-o USB microscope to see just what kind of inclusions we had. The photo quality is abysmal to say the least, but one series of photos we took contains what I am entirely convinced is not only the stuff of nightmares, but also must be nothing other than the larval form of Cthulhu. I am posting this in the ID section not because I expect someone to be able to ID it, but rather in the off chance that someone might just happen to know what it is. ID or not, I will go to sleep at night knowing that this critter is locked safely away in amber, and is thus not capable of feasting on my fluids while I slumber.
  3. This 3" specimen was collected out of the Mazon Creek itself, near the Benson Farm. It was collected around 1998 and filed as Problematica. We are finally starting to identify these specimens. It is our specimen number S00051. At first, we thought it might be a shrimp similar to Kellibrooksia Macrogaster, but there isn't much evidence of the proper segmentation, and no legs.
  4. I was looking through some GRF insects that I had, and wondered if anyone had an ID for this one? I am mostly familiar with insects from amber inclusions, so it is a bit different looking at them on rock. Some options I thought of were a species of beetle, caddisfly, or maybe a cicada? Any information would be great!
  5. I newely collected this copal. But, there are lots of crazing on it't surface. I can sure it is copal because i do acetone test so this is more weak then amber. I thinking about grinding this nicely with soft cloth and tooth paste. I want to know it is ok to copal, and how to store it without crazing. Thanks for your help, and apologize to my short English...
  6. ~20% of an insect in Indonesian amber

    Hello everyone. My main area of focus is gems, but sometimes I run into fossil material, and this was one I was hoping I could ask about. I bought a sack of dark Indonesian amber a couple of years back, and after slicing and polishing a few I came across this. It appears to be part of an insect, though badly beat up. I'd have concluded it was just suggestively-shaped vegetable matter if it weren't for the 'leg', but it looks fairly leggy to me? I know this is a lot to ask from a tiny bit of data, but is it possible this is an insect, or am I reading too much into a bit of twig? And if an insect, can they be identified from fingerprints? Unfortunately this material rarely comes with a very specific locale attached. If I remember right Indonesian amber in general is miocene with a wide range of ages. Field of view ~4mm Field of view ~2mm I'd have preferred oblique lighting but the green fluorescence of the amber hides the inclusions.
  7. Shrimp or dragonfly?

    Greetings, all! I’m new here, but very appreciative already for this forum. I’m an amateur fossil hunter, collector and paleoartist, and I recently decided to organize and catalogue all of my fossils, which will take a very, very long time. Hence I’ll likely be posting quite a bit in this section... so here’s my first conundrum: It’s from Mazon Creek, Illinois. It looks like a shrimp, as I have a few to compare it with, but certain features of the rock give the impression of wings, so I start to see a dragonfly-esque shape. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  8. Papers/books for GRF insect and leaf ID

    Anyone know of some good papers or books for identifying the species on GRF leaves? Mainly looking for leaf info, but insect info is welcome too. Nathan
  9. Possible permian insect wing?

    G'day, I was recently splitting some leftovers from the Belmont insect beds (Permian) from NSW, Australia and I found what appears to be an insect wing. Its preserved differently than the Glossopteris in the formation with a shiny surface (not visible in photos). But I thought it could also be half of a glossopteris leaf. So, any ideas? (I am referring to the dark shape just above the ruler)
  10. Starting from scratch

    dittmars12862-015-0568-x.pdf object of contention(from the GAO article,which is freely accessible online and/or might be in several libraries here on this very forum : Dinosaurs/feathers or hair ,external appearance of extinct vertebrates, possible host-/parasite co-evolution,would the past biogeography of host and parasites coincide,,,,etc
  11. Eraspiteron bolsoveri papers

    Hey Guys, I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the meganisopteran Eraspiteron bolsoveri. Odd question I know, but I was having a bit of a clean out yesterday and came across these old PalAss Postcards and one of them had an insect labelled as E. Bolsoveri. On a lark, and perhaps a little boredom, I decided to google it, only to draw a blank in all the sources I've looked up; the carboniferous period and invertebrates in-general are well outside my area of expertise, so I was wondering if anyone here knew anything about it. Thanks
  12. Another plant or maybe an insect?

    This one has the black coloring of some of my plant fossils but the shape suggests an insect to me. Could just be my imagination. Any suggestions?
  13. liaoning insect fossil

    I just bought this insect. What kind of insect? Location:Liaoning .China
  14. baltic amber

    This insect is 3.5 mm long. I am posting several views of the same specimen I can find the right way to get a picture of it.
  15. Hello, This is my first post of this forum and I would like to show you some of my unidentified macro plant spores and vertebrate remains found in residue from fallen bits of plant debris bed picked up at Yaverland IOW, photos were taken under AmScope USB microscope, hope you like them. Still to experiment with the Toupview stacking software, watch this space. The Albaneretontid jaw holds nine teeth, this is the one I hope to get my stacking software working on. I have thrown in a close up of a termite coprolite apparently they have not changed in shape (hexagonal) for 75 million years. These are so abundant in the plant debris bed residue you end up ignoring them after a while. The rest I have not identified yet and are actually mega spores I believe. Also I found a tiny insect wing on the surface of some Bembridge limestone and a section of reed from a different piece. This is why the Isle of Wight is such a special place for me.
  16. Miocene insect

    Hi all, Here is a beautiful insect that I received from @Darko in a trade. It's from the marl stone mine of Popovac, in Serbia. It's Miocene in age (14 mya). Can anyone tell me more on this insect, as in what genus/species it is? Thanks in advance! Max
  17. Amber Inclusion ID

    Hello, a friend of mine gave me this fossil of baltic amber from an antiquity of 40 million years. It has an insect. I would like to know what kind of insect it is.\
  18. Lighting for amber photography

    Working on my amber photography setup. Right now, having issues with lighting the insect up properly. Still working on getting the focus correct, just switched to a steomicroscope with a c-mount adapter for my Cannon Rebel. Shooting remotely with the EOS app. Lighting with the scope's backlight and a dual arm microscope light. Any ideas?
  19. Today was a really good hunt! I was as always,hunting at my hunting grounds in Popovac with my girlfriend , so it was her first time to hunt fossils with me! We found insect at the beginning,then bulrush and at the end of our hunt we have found fishes and fish bones1. It was really amazing! Enjoy guys !
  20. Green River insect ID

    Newby at fossil forum.(or any other forum).Have been collecting fossils and minerals for years.Amateur/recreational,not too techy.but learning.Recently,Aug 2017 i was surface collecting wood and amber in the Green River Formation Area in Wyoming.USA.Examined a 4 inch x 3 inch piece of palm wood.(pictured).Found a visibly clear what appears to be a Damselfly,it has a reddish color tail and a black body,can also see a white colored tube on it.(feeding?).Also another insect in the piece is reddish colored which i cannot identify.And also another inclusion in the resin also pictured with the squiggly stuff on the bottom.I do not know what that is either.The photos are not the best.As I can see real detail in the insects with the naked eye as I look into this palmwood resin.My questions also are:Is ths 20-50 MYO Cretaceous? Where can i find more info on Green River Insects? Has anyone seen anything like this?
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