an exquisitely preserved and beautifully displayed Asilidae or Robber Fly
in an authentic Dominican amber gemstone
DR4058

$600.00



an exquisitely preserved and beautifully displayed Asilidae or Robber Fly
in an authentic Dominican amber gemstone
DR4058

$600.00

An exquisitely preserved and nicely displayed rare Asilidae or Robber Fly in an authentic Dominican amber gemstone. Robber Flies have been described in Mexican, Dominican and Baltic ambers, their fossil record goes into the Mesozoic, there is one report of a Robber Fly in New Jersey mid Cretaceous amber which was collected by a close friend of ours, however this specimen has not been described, the only other Cretaceous Asilid is from Aptian limestone of the Santana Formation in Ceara Brazil. This is only the second Asilid we've ever seen in Dominican amber. This specimen has been examined by paleoentomologists at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This specimen was collected in the amber mines north of Santiago in December of 2003.

Nematocera Brachycera Cyclorrapha
Anisopodidae (woodgnats) Acroceridae (small headed flies) Drosophilidae (fruit flies) 
Bibionidae (march flies) Asilidae (robber flies) Lauxaniidae
Cecidomyiidae (gall midges) Bombyliidae (bee flies) Milichiidae
Ceratopogonidae (biting midges) Dolichopodidae (long legged flies) Muscidae
Chironomid (true midges) Empididae (dance flies) Phoridae (scuttle flies)
Culcidae (mosquitoes) Rhagionidae (snipe flies) Pipunculidae (big headed flies)
Mycetophilidae (fungus gnats) Stratiomyidae (soldier flies) Tachinidae
Psychodidae (moth, sand flies) Tabanidae (horse flies, deer flies)  
Scatopsidae (scavenger flies) Therevidae (stiletto flies)  
Sciaridae (dark winged fungus gnats) Xylomyidae  
Simuliidae (black flies)    
Tipulidae (crane flies)    
     

This beautiful specimen is offered here for $600.00complete satisfaction guaranteed. Our amber comes direct from the Dominican Republic amber mines east of the world famous La Toca amber mine. These specimens do not go through any middle men, we acquire these specimens from the miners and mine owners directly at the amber mines.

Complete satisfaction guaranteed. Money orders, cashier's checks, personal checks and paypal payments welcomed. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase please return it to us within 7 days for a complete refund. Buyer pays $4.00 for shipping, if shipment is outside the USA, shipping and insurance will be based on the destination country. Good Luck!

 

 In the Dominican Republic, Hymenaea trees are called algarrobo. The Hymenaea tree exudes vast amounts of resin which over millions of years of pressure hardens into amber. Generally amber is found because a landslide along a steep slope in the mountains exposes veins of black lignite. If the lignite contains amber it is gradually extracted by digging along the vein with picks and shovels. After the amber is found it is chiseled by hand out of the shaft walls, put into burlap sacks and passed out of the mine where it is separated from the rock by machete. Larger chunks of amber make it possible to view inclusions almost immediately by holding the amber up to sunlight to determine if a large inclusion has been discovered. Fossil bearing amber is polished locally.
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