Fossil Flies (Diptera) and a Phoretic Mite (Acari) in Baltic Amber

 
 
This 44 million year old piece of baltic amber contains several preserved fossil insects, including three fossil flies (order Diptera) and two mites (subclass Acari). This specimen is extra unique in that it features a phoretic mite that is latched to one of the flies (picture included). A phoretic insect is one that attaches to another organism for the purpose of travel.

As a reminder, most inclusions in baltic amber are extremely small so magnification will be needed to make out much detail. Included with your order is a physical photo of the specimen, and we will also email you a high resolution digital copy.

Please note, the market is flooded with fake amber, often plastic with insects embedded in them. In fact the majority of amber I see sold on the internet is not real. If you see something that looks too good to be true, often it is. Only buy amber from reputable dealers.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Order Diptera (Flies) & Subclass Acari (Mite)
LOCATION
Kaliningrad, Russia
SIZE
35 x 23mm amber
CATEGORY
ITEM
#135085
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