Bug Collecting? O.O
Okay, just so u know ...im obsessed with bugs. Yes, i know its weird.
So this summer i was thinking of doing some high-quality bug collecting/displaying to fulfill my fascination. (i live in the country so theres plenty to go around) The last time i did it, was for a school project in 5th grade & i caught more then the whole class!, but i dont remember much now. lol
Does anyone have any tips on killing, pining/displaying the bugs?
Do you know what those bug display cases are, & where i can get them?
(Websites would help to.) Thanks!
check out etsy, they usualy have display cases
and bugs are cool, I like scarabs and centipeeds
I'll have to check that out.
So has anyone else ever done this before, & can give some pointers?
I dont remember how to kill them either, if anyone knows?
There is nothing strange with be obsessed with insects!
Firstly, the easiest way to kill an insect without damaging it is to stick it in the freezer and leave it for 24 hours. This slows the insect down and puts them in state of “unconsciousness” before they die. Ideally you should leave them at least 24 hours before you bring them out to make sure they are dead before you start pinning. We have some insects which can be in the freezer for close to an hour and they still manage to ‘come around’ after being taken out.
The more ‘fleshy’ an insect is the more difficult it is to preserve without it decomposing - I always had this trouble with things like preying mantis, stink bugs and large butterflies – so to start with you might just want to concentrate on beetles, small moths/butterflies, and flies until you feel more confident.
This website gives some quite good instruction on where/how to pin. Be very careful with the wings of moths/butterflies as the scale (which gives the wings their colours) can easily rub off. I recommend making a small trough in the Styrofoam for the body of the insect to sit in. We used small squares of wax paper both underneath and above the wings to help protect them – just pin the paper in place. For very small moths, once you have pinned through the body you can spread the wings by gently blowing on the specimen.
This website has the good basics of how to collect and how to pin. It also gives information about what insects should be collected into alcohol rather than pinned.
If you’re on a budget you can make a display case by simply finding a box (preferably wooden) and gluing Styrofoam to the base, you can then insert the pins directly into the Styrofoam. My other suggestion would be to see if there is a local Entomological society in your area, they would be able to give you help pinning, info on where to get display boxes, and I know our local one often organises group outings to go insect collecting in remote areas – possibly something you might like??...
Other than that, just remember to have patience as pinning can be a tricky job, but worth it when you have an awesome specimen at the end.
My friend is in love with bugs to and when our old highschool was getting torn down, our teachers had to clean out their rooms. So, our old science teacher gave her almost all of her bug collections and she got huuuuge cases of bugs. They were really awesome.
Ok, I don't get this. You compare slaughterhouses to the Jewish genocide but you happily go out and kill insects just to display them?
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