Dominican Republic Amber

Amber

Currently research has been undertaken to examine several pieces of Amber originating from the Dominican Republic. Amber is a form of prehistoric sap. It is an abundant treasure within the Caribbean in particular within the Dominican Republic. Apon examination several prehistoric insects were found within the amber.

MIDGE

Order:

Diptera

Family:

Chironomidae

Description:

Very common insect. Midges often occur in large numbers in many places within the world. The larvae of most species is aquatic. Midges tend to frequent areas near ponds, lakes or wetlands.


FROGHOPPER

Order:

Homoptera

Family:

Ceropidae

Description:

Froghoppers are plant eaters. They are small insects, usually less than 12mm. Froghoppers are very common and often can be found in grasses and low vegetation. Adults are termed Froghoppers due to their physical similarity to a small frog.

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Last updated: 11 May 1997
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