Fossil Amber with Large Planthopper with Unusual Rostrum
in fossil amber; Insecta,
Orders Diptera, Homoptera, Hymenoptera
mm = 1 inch): Amber 72 mm long , 34 mm across, 18.3 grams
Andean Uplift Region, Andes Mountains, Colombia
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.
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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