DescriptionCRICKET TRAPPED IN AMBER
Although well-known and highly-prized, amber-entrapped insect specimens remain comparatively rare, and even then most are tiny midges, flies and gnats. Far rarer is to find a more interesting insect, such as this perfectly preserved cricket, held in suspended animation for 30 million years. Such specimens are like a snapshot of pre-history, as the oozing tree resin engulfed its unsuspecting prey, freezing it in motion forever; here the half-extended back legs of the cricket give the impression that it was just about to leap out of the way of the sticky goo. A fine specimen, speckled with pieces of floral debris, the irregularly-shaped nugget has been brought to a lustrous polished finish and measures approximately 1 5/8 x 1 x ¼ inches.
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