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PostInsect Rod on 12/18/2016, 2:55 pm

Anyone look at insects in amber or perhaps have a few; and whats left of fossil insects in stone (impression)? cheers
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PostInsect Rod on 12/18/2016, 6:52 pm

Looks like a nice forum as a new member or could be, not many people post anything, but I noticed this forum just recently started.
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PostT.C. on 12/18/2016, 10:03 pm

@Insect Rod wrote:Looks like a nice forum as a new member or could be, not many people post anything, but I noticed this forum just recently started.

Yes, still growing. So things are still a little slow. Very Happy
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PostInsect Rod on 12/20/2016, 3:56 pm

Several years ago I removed what was said to be some type of insect in amber. This was not easy and I would not advise anyone to try it because the chances of failure are huge. In the process the insect was damaged but I did remove a good portion of it.
I was wondering if you mr. T.C. or anyone could take a look at it. The photo file of this is 2.28mb in size, so way to large for the forum. I guess the image size can be reduced so anyone could view it that was interested.
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PostT.C. on 12/20/2016, 4:06 pm

@Insect Rod wrote:Several years ago I removed what was said to be some type of insect in amber. This was not easy and I would not advise anyone to try it because the chances of failure are huge. In the process the insect was damaged but I did remove a good portion of it.
I was wondering if you mr. T.C. or anyone could take a look at it. The photo file of this is 2.28mb in size, so way to large for the forum. I guess the image size can be reduced so anyone could view it that was interested.

I would like to take a look at it. Post the link. Very Happy
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PostInsect Rod on 12/20/2016, 7:20 pm

Thanks, let me send it directly to you, still having a little computer problems.
send me an email and i will forward it to you.

Here is the picture:
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PostT.C. on 12/20/2016, 11:19 pm

I attached and embed it to your post! Wink

Yeah, I would actually like to do a little research on this. Like you said it will be nothing more than just a guess. Very Happy
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PostInsect Rod on 12/21/2016, 6:53 am

Thanks T.C., that is right, been a guess for over 5 years so another one will not matter. The subject was very small no larger than a dog flea at best.
This picture was taken with a microscope so the magnification is up there. I can`t take anymore photo`s because I lost it shortly after that photo.
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Postpannaking22 on 12/27/2016, 9:08 pm

My lab does a lot of work with fossil insects, including insects in amber. Really cool stuff.

http://wwx .inhs.illinois.edu/outreach/infographics/heads-lab-electrotettix-attenboroughi/
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PostInsect Rod on 12/27/2016, 9:23 pm

Your work sounds interesting pannak22, maybe if you have time you can show us a few examples of the insects in amber and the fossil insects from your lab work.
I agree cool stuff.
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Postmothman27 on 1/3/2017, 7:49 pm

This is definitely not a flea. I would say an aquatic beetle. What is the magnification?

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Postmothman27 on 1/3/2017, 7:50 pm

I have recently been volunteering at a local Entomology lab where we work with Thrips.

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PostInsect Rod on 1/3/2017, 8:25 pm

The best I can remember the magnification was somewhere x50-x100 but not above x100, not a flea, the visual size was the size of a small flea.
Could be an species of aquatic beetle.
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PostHisserdude on 1/3/2017, 8:43 pm

Looks to me like the abdomen and part of the thorax of a small Hymenopteran, probably an ant.
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PostInsect Rod on 1/3/2017, 9:02 pm

I agree head and thorax with removal damage, I wish I had a better photo. I have never seen one like this from amber files. Since the head is missing would possibly be a good genus guess.
A lot of small but interesting invertebrate features can be over looked and this is one reason 50 percent of my work is done with microscopes.
Thanks for the ant identification.
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Postmothman27 on 1/3/2017, 10:04 pm

@Hisserdude wrote:Looks to me like the abdomen and part of the thorax of a small Hymenopteran, probably an ant.

Now that you mention that I agree.

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