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Insects are invertebrate animals of the class Insecta, the largest and (on land) most widely distributed taxon within the phylum Arthropoda. Insects are the most diverse group of animals on earth, with around 925,000 species described sofar - more than all other animal groups combined. Estimates of the total number of current species range from two to thirty million. The true Insecta are distinguished from all other arthropods by having exposed mouthparts and 11 abdominal segments. All insects have three pairs of legs. Most species, but not all, have wings as adults. Insects are the only invertebrate group to have developed flight.
Insects first appear in the fossil record at the beginning of the Late Carboniferous, about 350 million years ago. Insect species were already diverse and highly specialized by this time, with several different orders. Thus, the first insects probably emerged earlier in the Carboniferous period, or even in the Devonian. Many modern insect genera developed during the Cenozoic. Insects from this period on are often found preserved in amber, often in perfect condition.

Baltic amber is a mineral resin which is estimated to be from 40 to 50 million years old. The resin was formed by several types of conifers in forests which covered the area of today's Scandinavia and Baltic Sea. From these forests the resin was transported, and gradually changed into amber. Today, the greatest ledges of amber are situated along the Baltic coast from Chłapów to the Sambian Peninsula.

Bibliography:
The fossils of Solnhofen, K.A. Frickhinger, Goldschneck Verlag (Korb, Germany), part I, 1994, p. 132-166 and part II, 1999, p. 47-68
Atlas der Pflanzen und Tiere im Baltischen Bernstein, W. Weitschat and W. Wichard, 1998, Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil (Munich, Germany)

Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects, 7th ed., C. A. Triplehorn and N. F. Johnson, 2005, Thomas Brooks/Cole (Pacific Grove, California, US)
Evolution of the Insects, D. Grimaldi and M. S. Engel, 2005, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, UK)

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Giant Cicada #BIF6059n14
Baeocossus cf. forturiatus
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate
Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size wingspan: 3.36 inch / 8.4 cm
Price: Euro 
Lacewing #BIF6066n32
Cratoalloneura aluminata
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect span: 2.16 inch / 5.4 cm
Price: Euro 395.--
Mesobelostomum spec. Mini
Robbing water beetle
Upper Jurassic, 148 Million years old
Eichstatt, Germany
Size plate: 5.6 by 6 inch / 14 by 15 cm
Size fossil: 1.2 inch / 3 cm
Price: Euro 125.--
Unknown spider spec. #ISR8484
Old collection/Alt-fund
Miocene, 20 million years old
Randecker Maar, Esslingen, Germany
Size span: 0.4 inch / 1 cm
Size plate approx:  12 by 9 cm
Price : Euro 90.--
Cockroach #BIF6051n5
Ponopterix axelrodi
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect with antenna: 1.6 inch / 4 cm
Price: Euro 
Cricket #BIF6053n7
Cearagryllus poliacanthus
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect: 1.52 inch / 3.8 cm
Price: Euro 170.--
Beetle #BIF6054n8
Belostomatidae spec. juvenile
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect: 0.64 inch / 1.6 cm
Price: Euro 
Water Bug #BIF6056n11
Cratocora crassa
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate
Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect: 1.04 inch / 2.6 cm
Price: Euro 145.--
Grasshopper #BIF6060n15
Cratoelcana damianii
With rare color preservation!

Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate
Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect: 1.24 inch / 3.1 cm
Price: Euro 380.--
Grasshopper #BIF6061n16
Cratoelcana zessini
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect with antenna: 3.04 inch / 7.6 cm
Price: Euro 270.--
Grasshopper #BIF6063n21
Cratoelcana zessini
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate
Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect with antenna: 3.08 inch / 7.7 cm
Price: Euro 250.--
Cretereisma schwickertorum 
#BIF6064n30

Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect body: 0.92 inch / 2.3 cm
Price: Euro 195.--
Cockroach #BIF6065n31
Mesoblattina limai
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect body: 0.92 inch / 2.3 cm
Price: Euro 170.--
Lacewing #BIF6068n34
Parapalaeleon magnus
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect with antenna: 1.88 inch / 4.7 cm
Price: Euro 300.--
Dragonfly #BIF6073n42
Wightonia cf. araripina
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate

Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size insect with antenna: 2.12 inch / 5.3 cm
Price: Euro 525.--
Wasp #BIF6080n52
Cretoscolia brasiliensis
Fossil Insect on small Matrix plate
Lower Cretaceous
, Santana formation,
Crato Member, Aptian, 
114 million years old
Ceara, Araripe plateau, Brasil
Size wingspan: 1.08 inch / 2.7 cm
Price: Euro 225.--
Libellula spec. and other #GI074
Old collection/Alt-fund, 1 Dragon fly larve, 2 other specimen
Miocene, 20 million years old
Randecker Maar, Esslingen, Germany
Size plate: 1.6 by 1.4 inch / 4 by 3.5 cm
Size biggest: 0.76 inch / 1.9 cm
Price : Euro 90.--
Plecia pealei #IC5619
Fossil Butte,
Parachute creek formation
Eocene, 40 Million years old
Wyoming, U.S.A.
Size fossil:  1.7 cm
Price: Euro 15.--
Bruchus anilis #IC5620
Parachute creek formation
Eocene, 40 Million years old
Rio Blanco County, Colorado U.S.A.
Size fossil:  0.5 cm
Price: Euro 15.--
Fulgora granulosa #IC5622
Parachute creek formation
Eocene, 40 Million years old
Rio Blanco County, Colorado U.S.A.
Size fossil:  0.5 cm
Price: Euro 15.--
Fulgora populata #IC5623
Scudder,  Parachute creek formation
Eocene, 40 Million years old
Rio Blanco County, Colorado U.S.A.
Size fossil:  0.6 cm
Price: Euro 15.--
Dicranomyia stigmosa #IC5624
Parachute creek formation
Eocene, 40 Million years old
Rio Blanco County, Colorado U.S.A.
Size fossil:  0.7 cm
Price: Euro 15.--
Eudiagogus terrosus #IC5625
Scudder,  Parachute creek formation
Eocene, 40 Million years old
Rio Blanco County, Colorado U.S.A.
Size fossil:  0.6 cm
Price: Euro 15.--
Liometopum pingue #IC5626
Fossil Ant,
Parachute creek formation
Eocene, 40 Million years old
Rio Blanco County, Colorado U.S.A.
Size fossil:  0.7 cm
Price: Euro 15.--
Mycetophiloidea spec.?
and unknown larve #DI309

Mushroomfly and worm Old collection/Alt-fund,
on small matrix plate
Miocene, 20 million years old
Randecker Maar, Esslingen, Germany
Size worm: 1.32 inch / 3.3 cm
Price : Euro 55.--
Hymenoptra spec. #CI542
Old collection
Oligocene, 30 million years old
Cereste, France
Size fossil: 0.6 inch / 1.5 cm
Price : Euro 

Culex spec. #MU544
Old collection. On small matrix plate
Oligocene, 30 million years old
Cereste, France
Size fossil: 0.44 inch / 1.1 cm
Price : Euro 25.--

Culex spec. #MU545
Old collection. On small matrix plate
Oligocene, 30 million years old
Cereste, France
Size fossil: 0.52 inch / 1.3 cm
Price : Euro 25.--
Culex spec. (3) #MU546
Old collection
Oligocene, 30 million years old
Cereste, France
Size fossil: 0.52 inch / 1.3 cm
Size plate: 5.2 by 3.2 inch / 13 by 8 cm
Price : Euro 70.--
Culex spec. #MU548
and other species (total 6) Old collection
Oligocene, 30 million years old
Cereste, France
Size fossi rigthl: 0.28 inch / 0.7 cm
Size plate: 8.8 by 4 inch / 22 by 10 cm
Price : Euro 135.--
Libellula spec. and other #GI072
Old collection/Alt-fund, 10 Dragon fly larve, other 2 Fly(?) larve and 4 leaves. Both Sides
Miocene, 20 million years old
Randecker Maar, Esslingen, Germany
Size plate: 8.8 by 6 inch / 22 by 15 cm
Size biggest: 1.2 inch / 3 cm
Price : Euro 
Mycetophiloidea spec.? #GI075
Old collection/Alt-fund, Mushroomfly?
Miocene, 20 million years old
Randecker Maar, Esslingen, Germany
Size span: 0.32 inch / 0.8 cm
Size plate: 1.8 by 1.4 inch / 4.5 by 3.5 cm
Price : Euro 25.--
Homoptera spec. #BI001
Tree/Plant Hopper
Old collection, on small matrix plate.
Santana formation.
Lower Cretaceous, 110 Million years old
Arraripe, Ceara, Brasil
Size fossil: 0.36 inch / 0.9 cm
Price: Euro 45.-- 
Gryllidae spec. #BI002
Ground Cricket
Old collection, on small matrix plate.
Santana formation.
Lower Cretaceous, 110 Million years old
Arraripe, Ceara, Brasil
Size fossil: 0.6 inch / 1.5 cm
Price: Euro 45.-- 
Gryllidae spec. #BI004
Ground Cricket
Old collection, on small matrix plate.
Santana formation.
Lower Cretaceous, 110 Million years old
Arraripe, Ceara, Brasil
Size fossil: 0.44 inch / 1.1 cm
Price: Euro 45.-- 
Libellula spec. #RM396
Old collection/Alt-fund, Large Dragon fly larve
Miocene, 20 million years old
Randecker Maar, Esslingen, Germany
Size body: 1 inch / 2.5 cm
Size plate: 5.4 by 4 inch / 13.5 by 10 cm
Price : Euro 80.--

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Hymenoptra spec. #11
Old collection
Oligocene, 30 million years old
Cereste, France
Size wingspan: 0.6 inch / 1.5 cm
Size plate: 1.2 by 1.2 inch / 3 by 3 cm
Price :Euro 30.--