Chironomidae insect inclusion in Baltic Amber

Members of the Chironomidae family of insects included in fossilised baltic Amber.


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Chironomidae insect inclusion in Baltic Amber

Members of the Chironomidae family of insects included in fossilised baltic Amber.

Chironomidae are more commonly known as the 'non biting midges', and are a familiy within the order Diptera. I'll be honest, I still don't really want them too near me.

The Amber found in the Baltic sea region is thought to date from the Eocene in age - although the exact age is somewhat argued upon in the scientific community - it is probably best to simply state that it is 'around 40 million years old'.


Magnification will be required for this, as with all amber inclusions - they are on a very, very small scale.


We currently have two pieces in stock:

#1 - 11x6.6x2.7MM (Lone Chironomidae)

A very nice specimen, with detailed compound eyes and well preserved hairy eyes and antennae.

The body and wings have suffered some damage from decomposition, with several bubbles of bodily gases visible, including one large one that kinda looks like a fossilised fart.

#2 - 18x15x4.5MM (Mycetophilidae and Chironomidae)

A chaotic scene captured frozen in time - a Chironomidae, a Mycetophilidae, and numerous pieces of plant detrititus. Preservation is best on the Chironomidae, with one sided showing excellent preservation of hairy legs, wings, and body tissues. Unfortunately there are inclusions covering some areas of the insects, and bodily decomposition does hide some areas.

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