Dims: 0.6 x 0.4 x 0.1" (1.5 x 1.0 x 0.3 cm)
Wt: 6.3 g with viewing box
Yantavi Mine, Kalilingrad, Baltic region, Russia
This very small and simple specimen consists of a piece of polished amber that contains several air bubbles and a tiny, well-preserved midge. According to the documentation, this particular species of midge is of a variety that does not bite. I examined this insect under 10-power magnification, and though one could easily mistake it for a mosquito, I am inclined to agree that it is not one. A round stress fracture is aligned perfectly with the insect's wings, but when viewed under magnification at the correct angle, one can see that they are intact, spread, and beautifully detailed. It is affixed inside a plastic box with a magnifying lid.