musca domestica

It occurred to me, that the collection of house flies (musca domestica), moths, and various flying beasts, though dead or dying, collecting in the light fixture had future possibilities. Two coincidental mental images: 

1. November: Matt standing on the kitchen table repeatedly taping the ceiling to reduce the number of suddenly buzzing and incubating flies, and Sammy standing below in awe (or horror) of the collection in the light fixture. 

2. April, a late winter with alarming measures of snow fall. Upon warming the house, the flying beasts again swarmed the ceiling. Another generation of incubating flies began to layer the light fixture. The earlier vision was paralleled of Sabina standing on the couch, replacing the masking tape with a newly purchased hoover, inhaling these blind flies into the hoover compartment. This ritual was repeated daily.

A visit to the Amber Museum in Palanga a few days later, merged these two views and events. 

(Amber derives from the Middle Persian word ambar, via Arabic 'anbar, Medieval Latin ambar and Old Frenchambre. The word originally referred to a solid waxy substance derived from the sperm whale (now called ambergris). The sense was extended to fossil resin circa 1400, and this became the main sense, as the use of ambergris waned. The two substances were confused, because they both were found washed up on beaches. (One heavier than the other).   wikipedia 'amber' footnote NO.5

Amber, seems to become accountable some -130 million years and since, much depending on the resin producing conifer species and climate. 

In August 2012, two mites preserved in amber were determined to be the oldest animals ever to have been found in the substance; the mites are 230 million years old and were discovered in north-eastern Italy.
Kaufman, Rachel (28 August 2012). "Goldbugs". National Geographic.

As currency, along the hypothetical Amber Road from St Petersburg to Venice (slicing along the Baltic coast  through Lithuania, though the southern tip, then Prussia now Kaliningrad Oblast), linking Asia via the Silk Road from the Black Sea, making an appearance in Egypt as well as North Africa, Dominican Republic, etc varying in colour, opacity and texture. It is also used as an herbal remedy, can be melted back down to liquid(There is much more knowledgable references to use here, this is too condensed and possibly ungraciously whimsical). 

The common housefly on the other hand, seems to appear in the Cenozoic or the 'Mammal Era' era. Time being read backward,  about -65 mil years ago, (though not sure who actually saw them) around the moment that the continents settle into their present position.

Even though the order of flies (Diptera) is much older, true houseflies are believed to have evolved in the beginning of theCenozoic era, some 65 million years ago. They are thought to have originated in the southern Palearctic region, particularly the Middle East. Because of their close, commensal relationship with humans, they probably owe their worldwide dispersal to co-migration with humans.

When dis-mantling Barn 1 in 2009, several small rotten branches were found in tact, when stripped of their outer wood fiver, they contained skeletal partially preserved veins of sap.....