Amber With Insect Inclusions

March 05, 2012

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Photographer: Mila Zinkova; Mila’s Web site 
Summary Author: Mila Zinkova

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 old. 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.

Photo details: Camera Maker: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.; Camera Model: u1050SW,S1050SW; Focal Length: 9.1mm (35mm equivalent: 51mm); Aperture: f/6.3; Exposure Time: 0.010 s (1/100); ISO equiv: 80; Exposure Bias: -0.70 EV; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: Creative Program (based towards depth of field); Exposure Mode: Manual; White Balance: Auto; Light Source: Unknown; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows.