DescriptionRARE PRAYING MANTIS IN AMBER
La Toca Mines, near Santiago, Dominican Republic
Amber is a beautiful, naturally occurring substance, fossilized from oozing tree resin 30 million years ago. Occasionally, its appeal is enhanced by the presence of small pieces of floral debris or even insect life, caught in the sticky ooze and imprisoned in suspended animation for all eternity. This present specimen boasts one of the rarest and most sought after of all inclusions; the Praying Mantis. When found at all, these ferocious insects are usually distorted or lacking limbs due to their fearful struggle to escape the inexorable ooze. This example, however, is preserved to perfection, right down to the color patterns on its slender legs, fine arm spikes, delicate antennae, and large compound eyes. An incredible snapshot of ancient life, the insect measures approximately ½ inch long encased in a lovely polished golden nugget measuring 1¾ x 1¼ x 1 inches. As an added attraction; the piece also contains three large and perfectly preserved click beetles, making it a superb museum-quality specimen.
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