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    MATING MIDGES IN AMBER
    Eocene
    Samland Peninsular, Russia

    Amber-entrapped insects are rare but rarer still are those preserved in copula, as here. This remarkable snapshot of the life cycle of the prehistoric midge comes from the famous amber deposits of the Baltic region of north-western Russia. The pair of tiny insects were going about their natural business when a slow inexorable ooze of tree resin overcame them. Over 40 million years later, they remain perfectly preserved as though in suspended animation, locked together in a ghastly mating ritual for all eternity. Every last detail of their anatomy and reproductive activity can be observed through the pale golden amber nugget, polished into a lovely little cabochon and exhibiting remarkable clarity with no other significant inclusions, approximately 1 x 5/8 x ¼ inches.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
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