Baltic Amber Long-Legged Fly Duo

Name: Fossil Amber Insects

Class Insecta; Order Diptera, Family Dolichopodidae

Geological Time: Upper Eocene - Lower Oligocene

Size: (25.4mm=1 inch): Amber: 15 mm long , 9 mm across , 0.3 grams

Fossil Site: Kaliningrad District, Russia

Baltic AmberThis fossil amber piece displays a pair of members of the Diptera. The term Diptera means “two-winged” and is actually a misnomer. Most members have a second, vestigial pair of wings that are mere knobs which are used as a “gyroscope” to keep the insect level in flight. These amber insect inclusions are members of the Family Dolichopodidae, or long-legged flies, and display well-faceted eyes which afforded a detailed view of the flies’ surroundings. This fine pair has been frozen for eternity in their last flight.

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