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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.
this piece had already come to my attention because of the unidentified inclusion in it (probably a seed) but i've found something new... and WOW! it may be tiny, but i've found a real water bubble in New Jersey cretaceous amber! you can't see it without a microscope and it isn't easy to see it moving, but i've captured two pics that show that it is definitely a water bubble. the two pictures were taken under the microscope with the amber piece tilted differently in each one. sorry no video as when i tilt the piece it involves a lot of re-adjustment to the zoom levels. you'ss see the air bubble inside is at the top of the bubble in one shot and in the middle in the other.