Dominican Amber with Uncommon Hemiptera

Name: Plant Bug in Dominican Fossil Amber

Class Insecta, Insect Order Hemiptera, Family Miridae

Geological Time: Oligocene - Miocene

Size: (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Amber: 15 mm long, 10 mm across , 0.7 grams

Fossil Site: Region near Santiago, Dominican Republic

Description: This Dominican amber piece displays a fine example of a plant bug with exceptional preservation. Plant bugs, along with a few near relatives, have the ability to walk on spider webs, allowing them to feed on the spider’s leavings. Notice the piercing mouthparts that allow these insects to suck the juices of both plants and insects.

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