Fossil Amber with Large Planthopper with Unusual Rostrum

Name: Insects in fossil amber; Insecta, Orders Diptera, Homoptera, Hymenoptera

Age: Pliocene to Pleistocene

Size (25.4 mm = 1 inch): Amber 72 mm long , 34 mm across, 18.3 grams

Location: Andean Uplift Region, Andes Mountains, Colombia

Fossil Amber with Large PlanthopperDescription: This plaque of amber displays a number of diverse insect inclusions. The most ususual is a Planthopper (Order Homoptera, Family Fulgoridae) i 12 mm long. The Fulgoridae houses the largest of the Planthoppers, some of which have unusual rostral projections such as this one.

The Dipteran contingent includes a pair of members of the Family Psychodidae with markedly diverse morphology. One is a Sand Fly (Subfamily Phlebotominae). Modern day sand flies are vectors for a number of tropical diseses. The other member of the Psychodidae is a Moth Fly (Subfamily Psychodinae), distinguished by the hairy wings and body.. The Hymenoptera are represented by a 4 mm ant and a tiny wasp. A 23 mm by 11 mm bark fragment was also entombed, making for a wonderful example of the diversity of the Amber Forest.

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