Flashing Dead Bugs

All bugs are insects, not all insects are bugs
Official mantra of The Dead Bug in Amber Club

The club is home-made and home-spun
The club house was last cleaned up Oct. 26, 2023

Read more about the
8th International Conference on
Fossil Insects, Arthropods, and Amber

occurring April 2019
in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

For additional information, go to www.ambercongress.org

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Jewelry set with sterling silver and
Dominican amber with fossil insects

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The Dead Bug in Amber Club

The "Master" of The Dead Bug in Amber Club with
an amber dealer at La Toca, Dominican Republic

The journey begins here in the mine

Mining tunnel - La Cumbre mine
La Cumbre, Dominican Republic

This picture appears in the May 2006 issue
of Natural History magazine.

Pictures of the Cuatro amber mine located in the area of El Valle, Dominican Republic
Feb. 2014

Here is a video of the Cuatro amber mine


Mantis in Dominican amber

Mating Bugs (hemiptera)

Mating wasps (hymenoptera)

New gecko lizard species - Sphaerodactylus ciguapa

Brown Lacewing

Grasshopper grasping beetle

Owlfly larva

Anoplura- Sucking lice --- Real or Fake
Dr David Grimaldi of the American Museum of Natural History in New York examined the specimen and offered these comments
Appears to have two different pieces of amber fused - difference in flow lines under ultraviolet light
Lice seems to be human lice
Blue piece of lint by lice in right image

Brandon from New Zealand with 13 kg piece of Kauri gum from his collection

Brandon's favorite insect- a weta

*** Short cut to my inventory page with my offerings of ***
Amber with inclusions,
Conch shell and Larimar jewelry
from the Dominican Republic

Fossil jewelry made from
Dinosaur bone, fossil shell, coral and wood
Featured specimens
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Somewhere in the world, sap is oozing from a tree. An insect or perhaps a flower may drop upon this golden liquid and become encased in it. Given the proper conditions and the passing of time, it could become amber.
Amber and the life preserved within has caused fascination since prehistoric times. Prehistoric people took this strange stone, carved it and adorned themselves with it. Amber carvings have been found dating back 9000 years. European and Asian artisans have elevated this art and created objects of beauty and wonder.
A variety of things have became trapped in sap as it oozed from trees. Insects are among the most common inclusions found in amber where as lizards, frogs and mammal remains are among the rarest.

Mommy, tell me more about AMBER

  • What is amber and where is it found?
  • Does all amber come from the same kind of trees?
  • Difference between amber, copal, and plastic?
  • What has been found in amber?
  • What can be learned from amber inclusions?

What about those ICKY BUGS

  • What makes an insect an insect?
  • Are fossils in amber like other types of fossils?
  • Language entomology

Visit THE AMBER BAZAAR to satisfy your desire for amber

Andrew Ross, of the Natural History Museum in London, has written this book introducing the subject of amber. The book is very informative and easy to read.

I have copies of the book for sale. Price--$13.00 plus shipping
Let me know if you'd like a copy.

This book was published in May 2005.

Need to get a closer view of the world?

Bob Keller of Bob's Rock Shop has written a review of the Belomo loupe.
To read his review, click here.

The Dead Bug in Amber Club

An article describing my pursuits with amber has been published in a local journal.
Click here
to read the article.

I have collected these new species of insects in New Jersey amber
Brownimencia clavata -- new species of Ant
Archicnephia ornithoraptor -- new species of Black fly
Vianagramma goldmani -- new species of lace bug
Borephemera goldmani -- new species of mayfly
I have been honored by having the last 2 insects I collected on this list named after me.

These insects now reside at the American Museum of Natural History in New York

This is a drawing of the lace bug named after me. The scientific paper describing this insect is found in the book on the right.

Aureofungus yaniguaensis
newly described extinct species of mushroom
Mycologia 95(4),2003, pp.685-687
I was able to purchase this mushroom in amber pictured on the left in the Dominican Republic.
Mushrooms in amber are extremely rare. Only 4 or 5 have been reported.
Dr. David Hibbett of Clark University studied this specimen and determined it to be an extinct, new genus and species of mushroom.
The paper describing the mushroom is published in MYCOLOGIA
I obtained this specimen in 2000 while in the Dominican Republic.
It is now part of the collection of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

Image taken by Pat Craig

Stingless bee (Proplebeia dominicana ) with orchid (Meliorchis caribea ) pollen
This specimen represents the first definitive fossil of the orchid family.
Nature vol.448/30 August 2007/ page 1042

I want to encourage the amateur collector from 6 to 99 to know that you can make a contribution to science. I am an amateur collector and I've been able to make a contribution to science.


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Questions, questions, questions, how do you think of so many questions?
  • E-mail your questions about amber and the creatures stuck in amber, I'll try to get an answer for you.
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    What to know more?
I am looking for specimens of amber and copal from the different corners of the world for my own collection. Contact me if you have something for trade or can provide me with the names of contacts.

If you know of any amber collecting localities, I would like information about them.


Tell me of any related websites that I could add to links.
Smithsonian Institution
World of Amber --Susie Ward Aber at Emporia State University, Kansas, USA
InsectNet.com - The purpose of this site is to provide a convenient forum for entomologists, insect collectors, insect hobbyists, traders, and dealers.
Bob's Rock Shop Bob Keller's website is a great resouce of information.
Amber Discussion Group Join the discussion with other people interested in amber.
Gianfranco Rocchini Gianfranco shares his collection and knowledge on Baltic amber. In Italian, French and English.
Carsten Gröhn Carsten's website provides information on Baltic amber. In German.

e-mail address of:
Yale Goldman