Dims: 3.15x1.78x0.76" (8.00x4.53x1.92cm)
Wt: 1.29oz (36.5g)
Boyaca Province, Columbia
This is a piece of amber from the Miocene era - it is about 23 million years old. The amber is transparent but has no many inclusions (most of which are air bubbles) that it appears cloudy, except under a loupe. A few of the insects preserved within are close to the surface and large enough to be easily seen, and a close inspection (a loupe works nicely) reveals that there are dozens of intact insects in at least a half-dozen different species, plus numerous insect fragments (mostly legs), and some very small leaves including some that may be moss (this is rare). I can identify several ants, a small bee and a swarm of tiny ones, a swarm of flies, and several that are extremely small, the tinyiest flying insects that I've ever noticed. This specimen is a rich one for study.