Baltic amber with insects

A few years ago while visiting Riga, Latvia, I bought a necklace made out of a rough pieces of Baltic amber, which were estimated to be 40-60 million years oldPhotographer: Mila Zinkova; Mila’s Web site 

Much later, I decided to inspect the necklace with a magnifying glass and to my pleasant surprise discovered not just one but two insects; what looks to be a fly and a mosquito were trapped within this fossil resin. You can see that the “mosquito” was almost crushed when the linking was strung through the amber piece. Note that the “fly” could be a member of the order Hymenoptera and not Diptera. The origin of Baltic amber is thought to be from a family of plants known as Sciadopityaceae, which lived in what is now northern Europe.



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