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Image Gallery: Tiny Insect Pollinators Trapped in Amber

Ancient Thrip in Action

Reconstruction of <em>Gymnospollisthrips</em> with pollen attached to the body over an ovulate organ of a gingko.

(Image credit: Enrique Peñalver, IGME.)

Reconstruction of Gymnospollisthrips with pollen attached to the body over an ovulate organ of a gingko.

Ancient Pollinator

A synchrotron X-ray image of the specimen of <em>Gymnospollisthrips minor</em>, showing the pollen grains (yellow) covering its body.

(Image credit: ESRF)

A synchrotron X-ray image of the specimen of Gymnospollisthrips minor, showing the pollen grains (yellow) covering its body.

Pollen Particles

This photo taken under a microscope reveals Gymnosperm pollen, attached to the abdomen and wing of a <em>Gymnopollisthrips</em> fossilized insect inclusion in amber.

(Image credit: Enrique Peñalver/IGME)

This photo taken under a microscope reveals Gymnosperm pollen, attached to the abdomen and wing of a Gymnopollisthrips fossilized insect inclusion in amber.

I'm Trapped!

Trapped in amber, a specimen of <em>Gymnospollisthrips maior</em> with pollen grains attached to itsbody.

(Image credit: Enrique Peñalver, IGME)

Trapped in amber, a specimen of Gymnospollisthrips maior with pollen grains attached to itsbody.

X-Ray Vision

The researchers used synchrotron X-ray tomography to get a close look at the thrip and attached pollen grains veiled by the amber. Shown here, an amber sample mounted in the microtomograph to be imaged.

(Image credit: ESRF/I.Montero)

The researchers used synchrotron X-ray tomography to get a close look at the thrip and attached pollen grains veiled by the amber. Shown here, an amber sample mounted in the microtomograph to be imaged.