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CO + K User

Thanks so much for this, I have butterflies and bees and all sorts of insects that naturally die on my window sill. I have this beautiful orange butterfly that died on my tin I store safety pins and have left it there not knowing what to do with him.
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Hella
Hella · Rotterdam, South Holland, NL · 60 projects
I just prepared a butterfly. I tried a moth too, but it broke. I must collect more bugs, he's a little lonely. Thanks for the tutorial. It was really helpful!
DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
That's awesome. Happy Your Welcome!
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Raven Beauty
Raven Beauty · Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, ZA · 12 projects
I love this project Happy I totally agree that killing them sucks, but they're just so interesting and real marvels of nature Happy Just wish I could find some decent looking butterflies in winter
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scabs
scabs · Seattle, Washington, US
i have found a lot of dead butterflies in glass at thrift stores, especially in the figurine section. killing them is really wrong and dumb, if you really need them and you feel bad about killing them, you should buy "used" ones.
DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
I have never seen them in thrift stores (or anywhere) around. If i did, & they were cheap, i would buy them. But why do that when u can do it for free.
If its so "wrong and dumb", then where do u think those "used" bugs came from? some one killed them too. I dont feel that bad about it, bc most bugs r going to die within a month anyway, & none of them r endangered. Like i said before, how i kill them is probably more human then how they would die naturally.
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CO + K User

i put mine in the freezer so that they induce hibernation before i put them in my jar then they dont freek out as much ( mostly grass hoppers and the really juttery ones ) { l }
DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
thats a good idea. My grandmother puts them in the freezer also.
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Pam
Pam · Pocatello, Idaho, US · 332 projects
I'd love to try this if I ever could catch a butterfly Happy I totally agree about it being the most humane way they might die. If your going to appreciate them and they aren't endangered, I don't see the problem. We do way worse things to the animals we consume.
DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
thanks! Maybe u could catch a moth instead to practice. lol theyre pretty easy to catch around lights at night. ;)
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
Actually now that i think about it, me killing them this way is probably the most humane way they would ever die. They most likely get stuck on car windsheilds/grills, bug-zappers, fly-swatters, drown in pools/ponds, get eaten by birds/animals. lol
BTW insects DO NOT feel pain anyway, bc they have no spines or central nervous system. Thought id point this all out. ...Thanks to the people that enjoyed my tutorial tho, hope to see ur collections!!
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Bat Ma'am
Bat Ma'am · Seattle, Washington, US · 13 projects
What's sad is how few people think about the mice who suffer and die so YOU can have longer lasting lipstick, or the fish who die so YOU can have sparklier nail polish, not to mention the pigs who die for bacon, and chickens who die for nuggets, etc. But a scientific and museum-like display of a few BUGS is offensive??? REALLY?????
I think this project is AWESOME, and I will be creating a display with my sons. Happy thanks for sharing Happy
DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
Thank You!!!! Im vegetarian, so i think the same thing! (Thats why i feel bad when i kill them tho, for people who asked.)
There are VERY FEW protected species of bugs ...& there r more bugs in one species, then there are people on the planet anyway! LOL idk why everyones so upset. You kill them in your house, dont u? Id just rather admire & appreciate them, instead of butchering them with fly swatters & sticky-strips. lol (BTW Butterflies usually only live 2 weeks anyway!)
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Maaike
Maaike · Mechelen, Flanders, BE · 19 projects
well.. this is quite horrible...
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LollypopLoz
LollypopLoz · Castle, Wales, GB · 3 projects
I have to ask, if you don't like killing them, why do it at all? You could just watch them, take some photos (using macro), use other people's artwork/research etc to study them, you don't really need to collect them. Plus you have to be careful not to collect protected insects.
DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
I like bug collections, & collecting creepy things. Im sad sometimes killing them bc im vegetarian, & just automatically feel that way. Honestly pictures do not do insects justice, in my opinion. I sorta study them also, & bugs in my area.
There are VERY FEW protected insects. I doubt any of us would ever see those in the wild. There are more bugs in 1 species, then there are people on the planet ...so if everyone did this, it still wouldnt make a dent on their livelyhood. :/
LollypopLoz
LollypopLoz · Castle, Wales, GB · 3 projects
Ok, if that's how you feel, no biggie. I didn't think it was offensive or that you shouldn't do it as 'Bat Ma'am' seems to think, I was just curious - as to why you would do it if you didn't like doing it - and was trying to be helpful. As for protection, I think it's a bit different here in the UK - there isn't that many native species and almost all of them are in massive decline, and as far as I'm aware, there is a ban on collecting and/or selling collections of them (not sure though). I'm also veggie, and generally try not to kill anything... I don't even like squishing an ant by accident lol!
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