Sunday, February 2, 2014

A grasshopper in amber



Amber can be rich in botanical or zoological inclusions. This is a very well preserved grasshopper in piece of Eocene amber with a geological age of approximately 35 million years. The original colors of the animal are gone and large parts are made of black organic material. However, see individual parts of the body like he had still been alive yesterday.
Grasshopper inclusion in amber
A grasshopper in amber.


Amber has a blue fluorescence in long wave uv light. Beside the tests with salt water (amber swims in salt water and sinks in fresh water), acetone (does not solute amber but resins) or burning (amber burns similar to incense) it is a simple method to see whether it is amber or a resin fake. 

Amber in ultraviolet light
The amber in uv light.


Some macro photos of the grasshopper. They are slightly distorted due to the polished round surface.


Insect inclusion in amber
The head.

Grasshopper in amber
Macro with uv light.

Grasshopper in amber
The upper part.

Grasshopper in amber
The head.

Grasshopper in amber
Front view of the face.

9 comments:

  1. Stunning photos, the grasshopper pued be thousands of years ago!

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  2. That is a fabulous specimen of amber you have. Interesting tips on how to tell fake amber too. Thanks for sharing Christian.

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  3. Superb photos! What an amazing piece of amber.

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  4. wonderful specimens!!! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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  5. Großartig und absolute faszinierend ...

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