Subject: Salted Bugs
Location: Dead Sea, Israel
January 22, 2017 2:02 am
Hi Bug Folks,
Not looking for an identification this time, just sending pictures of an interesting phenomenon.
I was hiking along the Dead Sea coast in the Judean Desert, and came across several insects preserved in salt. I don’t know how long they were there or how they came to be there, but they seem very well preserved.
Signature: Ben from Israel
We apologize for taking so long to get back to you, but we had extra work responsibilities in January. Thanks so much for informing us of this interesting phenomenon. Salting is a well known food preservation technique, so these “bugs” might be quite old, though we doubt they are actual fossils.