A 12 Million Year Old Praying Mantis Encased in Amber

12 Million Year Old Praying Mantis Encased in Amber

Sold by Heritage Auctions in 2016, this little lozenge size piece of amber is water clear and pale yellow which makes it very easy to see the praying mantis preserved inside.

The creature with its triangular head, bulging eyes, and flexible neck is clearly visible in the exceptional specimen of the fossilized tree resin. The insect with the unique characteristics is poetically singular in the otherwise pristine fossil remnant. A close-up photo of the bug gives further insight into this entombed mantis. This is a tiny specimen with a major inclusion.

Amber with Inclusions
Hymenaea protera
Oligocene
Dominican Republic

Overall Measurements: 1.18 x 0.61 x 0.52 inches (3.00 x 1.56 x 1.32 cm)

[Heritage Auctions via reddit]

 

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