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Does anyone know anything or have any sources about how to collect and preserve insects?

I would like to make a display of bugs in my area, and was wondering if anyone had any ideas/links as to how to trap/preserve/display insects? Thanks in advance!

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Umm how about an adhesive, gas them or leave them under a jar until they kcik the bucket, fix them with a little adhesive and a pair of tweezers, if you get them when they're not long dead you could pose them a little, also it seems less cruel for your sake and theirs...
The only problem I see with this is the adhesive part: insects are known to leave legs, wings or pieces of wings behind just to get away. If there is any time for it to struggle, it may damage itself.
I meant using the adhesive after the fact but yeah making sure they're dead might be quite important...
Oh ok. I mean, there ARE adhesives used for this purpose, that keep them "onboard" but I don't know if they'd be available to you and I. That stuff on fly paper for instance
Aye but I meant using them after the gassing, so the bug won't be making escape attempts anyway...
Oh I understand, I was just expanding on my own post....kind of thinking out loud...so to speak :-)
Ah, makes sense, unlike those comments where I type the arguments in my head for things...
LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
Just pin them to some sort of foam or cardboard. They dry out and stay for a really long time. My Biology teacher has some from back in the 60s using this method.
musicalbee2003 (author)  LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
What about "posing" them? I'd like to be able to spread their wings out and make them so their legs don't look like tangled messes. I'm not sure how to do this with out ruining my specimens. And how do I kill them?
Pin them the way you want them to be. They will die of hunger/dehydration within a day or two
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