Up for purchase is this FANTASTIC fossil specimen in genuine Dominican amber. Deep from the mines of the Dominican Republic comes this lovely piece containing a wondrous easily viewed Click Beetle! Insects in the family Elateridae are commonly called click beetles. Other names include elaters, snapping beetles, spring beetles or skipjacks. This family was defined by William Elford Leach in 1815. They are a cosmopolitan beetle family characterized by the unusual click mechanism they possess. There are a few other families of Elateroidea in which a few members have the same mechanism, but all elaterids can click. A spine on the prosternum can be snapped into a corresponding notch on the mesosternum, producing a violent "click" that can bounce the beetle into the air. Clicking is mainly used to avoid predation, although it is also useful when the beetle is on its back and needs to right itself.
Dominican amber is 23 to 25 million years old. Prized for it's superb clarity and exquisite preservation of fossils. 100% natural Dominican amber. And as always...100% Guaranteed.
Piece measures 28mm long by 20mm wide by 10mm thick.
Beetle - 5mm