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Baltic amber (50 MYO) - exstremely rare iconic broad-shouldered water strider (Veliidae) - body length 3 mm. | by leth.damgaard
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Baltic amber (50 MYO) - exstremely rare iconic broad-shouldered water strider (Veliidae) - body length 3 mm.

© Anders Leth Damgaard - www.amber-inclusions.dk

 

Baltic amber (50 MYO) - exstremely! rare iconic broad-shouldered water strider nymph (Veliidae) - body length 3 mm. I have no idea what the white balls that are near its abdomen is? ID confirmed by Dávid Rédei (curator at the Natural History Museum in Hungary and specialist in Heteroptera)

 

A closeup of the leg www.flickr.com/photos/amber-inclusions/5449351538/in/set-...

 

 

Here is a quote from the book Life in amber by George O. Poinar, Jr. (ISBN 0-8047-2001-0) - It gives a feeling how rare they actually are:

"These small water striders occur on the surface of streams or ponds where they prey on other insects. A single report of a veliid in Baltic amber (Andersen, 1982) is the only record of this group in amber." (page 119, line 7-10)

 

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Taken on February 15, 2011