Insects & Leaves in Amber (Copal)


Fossilised Copal Amber with Insects/Bugs & Leaves

Pleistocene, Location; Madagascar

Size; 9.5cm x 5cm x 1.3cm Weight; 32gm   Ref No F182



Fossilised Copal Amber containing Insects/Bugs & Leaves

This large piece of fossilised Copal Amber contains a large number of insects or bugs trapped inside. Although this piece of Copal Amber isn’t crystal clear, the dozens of insects are easily visible. Some of the larger flies are up to 6mm long and in addition there are several complete leaves. The bugs can be seen with the naked eye but can be seen even more clearly when using a magnifying glass. When sap was seeping from the tree, insects, bugs and occasionally, even lizards became trapped and preserved forever. The state of preservation is remarkable, the insects trapped inside are in a perfectly state of preservation. The principal difference between Amber and Copal Amber is its age. If a piece of Amber is less than 35 million years old it is classified as Copal Amber, in other words, ‘young Amber’.

Amber is the fossilised sap from trees growing millions of years ago. Because it isn’t a stone amber isn’t cold, it has a warmness about and is surprisingly light.  Amber can be various colours, yellow though various shades to golden brown. There is even green Amber, which although more uncommon has become very popular in recent years. Amber isn’t cold, it has a warmness about it, and because it is tree resin or sap, it is surprisingly light.

Metaphysically, Amber is associated with the astronomical sign of Cancer. Amber can bring positive energy and cleanse and purify negative energy. Amber is a powerful protector, it can clear depression and then help achieve creative self-expression.

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