Insects for jewelry

Can somebody tell me, where I can order insects to make different jewelry for cheap price? I look forward to your reply

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What is this odd insect? Answered

This is a very weird looking insect that I found. It looks like it has the stinger and wings of a wasp, but its head and front legs are like a praying mantis. It is about the size of a wasp. Could someone identify this? Sorry if the pictures aren't too good, because it kept crawling away.

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Growing tomatoes in houston texas?

What bugs, funguses should be watched for

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Identify a New Zealand insect ? Answered

On my recent holiday in New Zealand we stayed in Marlborough, South Island. I noticed a large number of these insect shells on the trees. Obviously a cast outer body as the insect grows but i wondered what insect it was.

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what kind of cage and resources do you need to have a pet spiny leaf insect?

Im interested in buying a spiny leaf insect but dont know much about it.

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How can I build wire frame animal and insect shapes?

I'd like to build wire frame shapes of lizards, geckos, insects and etc for lighting up at night. I've built a 4 foot gecko out of conduit tubing and fencing wire. It is very strong but was difficult to work with. I think there must be easier materials to work with. I've seen shapes made out of plastic filament, and then there are zoos that do the Christmas shows. Garden centers also sell the wire frame shapes for topiary. The typical size is going to be between 1 and 3 feet long. The material doesn't have to be hollow like tubing, it can be a solid like wire. Ideally, the material would be something I could heat up, bend to a design, then it would retain its shape when cool. A little flexibility is good but the design has to withstand being outdoors. Thanks for any tips.

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How can a sonar/ultrasound pest control unit be DIY? Answered

I've seen ads for pest control units that transmit some sort of signal that drives bugs &rodents away... friend had one & she didn't even get flies... but not sure which ones really work, and so expensive..... Would love to find a DIY Instructable on this! It would save money, the environment...etc...

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Can a Bearded Dragon eat this insect? Answered

I'm not sure what the name of this insect is, but in Houston, Tx we have a lot of them. I want to know if it is healthy for a Bearded Dragon to eat this insect, and if so how often? I don't own a BD yet but I plan on buying one. If anybody has any suggestions on some materials that I can read to prepare me for it, I would appreciate it a bunch. 

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Does any body recognise this insect? Answered

It was in my friend's kitchen. We thought that it was a beetle but it it appears furry and almost like a bee under the carapace. I can't seem to find any images of this. It seemed a bit poorly so I couldn't examine it too much; I put it on some flowers outside. The last picture is from my google search for " furry beetle".

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how to get rid of insect in tank?

I have this 30 gallons tank which is 1/4 filled with water and some rocks for decoration. It is used to keep 2 turtles. However, my problem started a week later. A couple of flies are in my tank. I tried to clean the tank, but it was no use. The fly keep coming back. As my tank has no cover or hood, please help me find a way to remove those nasty flies. Thanks Sincerely, Shi Rong

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How do I get flies out of my tent fly? How can I keep them out? Answered

When camping I have noticed that my tent fly collects loads of flies, right above the tent door. Keeping the fly unzipped overnight seems to let them out somewhat, but there are always a few. I don't imagine the flies like being trapped in there, and they annoy me with their buzzing. How can I get them out or keep them from getting in?

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Sci-Fi Critters - Insects combined with Watch Parts

Insect Lab combines real insect specimens with antique watch parts and other technological components to create these sci-fi critters.  Jason showed me these and I thought they were beautiful!  The beetles and butterflies are my favorite.

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how do you train stick insects? about it but i know it can be done? Answered

Ive had my stick insect for a few years now and i have found no stuff on the internet

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do spiny leaf insects eat australian native red wattle? all helpful answers will be appreciated :) ? Answered

Hi, i have 2 spiny leaf insects and have changed their diet from gumleaves to australian native red wattle due to the fact of i cant get gumleaves anymore :( is the red wattle fine for my leaf insects to eat?

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Programmers can you help me?

Programmer for an art project? I can give you an excellent opportunity to learn some things about insect detectors, and to challenge your creativity! I need a some help from a programmer/ technical person for my art project (immediately)- Short about the project: The Project is planned for the end exam exhibition at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, June/ July 2008, but might also be shown at later occasions. The work is an installation with video projections, machines and live insects. A box is located on the top of a pedestal. The box contains crane flies, which will be seen through a small window. The crane fly's movements are intercepted by sensors which translates the movements to commands for a machine. The walls in the room are covered by video projections. By means of wires, the machine can move around in the whole room. Technically what I need is: Through an actometer (insect movement detector) the electric impulses created by the movement of the insects, can be viewed in a software on a computer. What i need to do is to use the graph of movements in the software to send output commands to a machine (made by me, controlled by Remote controlls). I am not sure of how this can be done in the best way possible, but I have some suggestions which I can explain more precisely later on. I am looking for someone who have knowledge in terms of programming, and could be able to come up with a good solution, as well as maybe collaborating/ helping me out with my project. Please let me know if you are interested, know someone or know where I should go to meet the right people here in amsterdam. All answers are appreciated! Thank you in advance Andrea

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Steampunk and robots and gears, oh my

Dark Roasted Blend is always full of fascinating shiny wonderful things. Following links there led me back to this older post collecting links to Nemo Gould's art robots, steampunk spiders, gorgeous mechanized beetles, and minature recycled hot-rods. Even if you've seen it before, it's worth revisiting, and Dark Roasted Blend does, as advertised, provide a daily dose of the weird and wonderful. Today's batch also included links to Takeshi Yamada's Museum of World Wonders exhibit, which includes "over 500 post-super-realism and neo-taxidermy artworks simulating the treasures of the cabinet of curiosities" along the lines of an old-school Coney Island sideshow. Enjoy!

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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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Automatic Insect Painting/Gluing Device for Scientists? Answered

Scientists studying small insects need ways to assign a unique ID to each bug. Two of the most common methods they use are A) manually painting small color patterns onto the thorax (and sometimes head and abdomen) of the insect, and B) gluing a small tag(number, qr code, RFID chip) to the thorax. These techniques are very effective, but SUPER TIME CONSUMING. It can take a trained student about 5 minutes to paint each ant or bee (and they need to paint thousands). I want to help them out by decreasing the amount of man power needed to give a unique ID to each insect. My thoughts were to make a device where an insect could walk into a tube of designated size (exact bee space at the entrance of a bee hive for instance), have its presence sensed, maybe prevent it's forward or backward motion for a short while,  and have a device that attaches a tag or paints a unique pattern onto the insect. You can see some of my initial thoughts in the scanned picture below. HIGH RES HERE My question is about good places to start in building this contraption, or if anyone has good or simple . The thresholds are quite small for the insects (bees are maybe 1/8-1/4 inch wide), and we need to be exact where we attach the tag so as not to hurt the poor critters or alter their behavior. I am handy with an arduino and simple servos and can incorporate computer vision from an android phone into the mix with the ADK First elaborate or super cool response gets gifted a 3 month pro membership! (that lovely ant pic used as an example is by amazing photographer Alex Wild, the other is when you google "honeybee RFID")

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Breeding Spiny Leaf Insects....what are the best conditions & how many baby insects immerge from each egg?

Does climate play a factor with the incubation period? We currently have approximatly 50 eggs and i am curious as to how many baby spiny leaf insects hatch from each egg? And i'd like some idea's for keeping the eggs and the babies safe and in escape proof housing until they are big enough to join the adults.. thank you

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How do I get rid of spiders in my home?? I'm terribly afraid of them? Answered

I live in a mobile home. At this time of year insects thrive. Unfortunately, I'm terrified of most insects, especially spiders. Lately, I've found spiders on the kitchen cabinets and counters. Any suggestions on how to repel them from being in my home?? I hate to use insecticides, but will if I have to. I prefer a more natural type of repelling them. Thank you. Linda D.

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What is the strangest looking insect you ever encountered?

Here around me the summer is on the way! This not only means a never ending supply of mozzies but also that after a bit of rain you have a concert every evening. If you ever saw a game of soccer you know the sound of the whistle the referee uses - it is painful at close range. Now imagine you relax in your garden and right next to your chair exactly this sound comes out of the ground! Of course if you are like me and it happend during a holiday the first time you might want to investigate. But once you move the sound stops, if it starts again and you are careful you will find a small hole in the ground that seems to be the outlet of a small speaker LOL The really hard part is to actually get the thing producing the sound, I tried many times and out of ten I usually only get two out of the ground. Was too lazy so I borrowed the pic from this website, which has a lot more info on the insect in question too. What you get out of the ground looks like a cloning experiment gone wrong. A maggot like body with legs, under-developed wings (they make the noise) and a head like something from your latest horror movie. To top it all up you also get a lobster like claw that is surprisingly powerful. Fun fact: The numph of the cicada is considered to be the loudest insect of earth, reaching up to 130 decibles at the hole! And because you might think all ugly babies will be be beautiful once grown up I just say that mum and dad would not win and beauty competition either LOL Stick insects are cool, these creatures are just out of this world! What have you encountered that is weird enough to post?

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Crazy, Amazing and Delicious AIR Experience

What a wild ride... So here's the recipe.  Take one computer illiterate lady who's got a lot of random skills she's learned along the way and throw her into a room with 12 other people who's second  language is CAD or 0110001 or some other variation of looking into the eye of a screen and typing sweet nothings into its curvacious keyboard. Man did I feel like a fish in the desert.  I left orientation completely overwhelmed, flattened, and having no idea what I was doing there amongst all these obviously tech savvy folks. Once again odd man out. Now let me be clear, this has nothing to do with the people. Everyone was super sweet and willing to help. I was out of my element, which is exactly what I needed. For as long as I can remember, I've always thought in art. From the clothing and accoutrements I make for myself  to the images I capture. From the food that I create to the materials I bind together, or the mood i can set in an empty space if given a couple days to have my way with it.  Creation and art are an integral part of my existence as an external expression of my internal voice. So having three paid months to spend on my own work was a dream come true. For the first time in my life I was able to really focus on my work with 100 %  of my attention and not juggle how I was going to pay rent    and which piece goes where or how am I going to afford that thing I need for it.  It was fantastic to have that kind of creative freedom and I feel incredibly lucky to have had that opportunity.   I was able to finally create my stained fruit windows, something I've been imagining and working on in my head for many many years. I was able to experiment with different coatings and textures, slice thickness and transparency  to best preserve the beauty of the sliced fruit.  I spent day after day in the kitchen testing gluten free meal-worm flour bread amongst other insect delights. This was really an important experience for me due to my issues with factory farms and its effects on the environment but still feeling my bodies need for animal protein to perform. Once I felt comfortable with my results in the kitchen, I decided to explore the rest of the workshop at Autodesk / Instructables. Let me start by saying Holy $hit is that shop incredible. There are classes that are required to be able to use any one piece of equipment from the 3D printers to the drill. There were tools in the metal shop that I knew how to use but was unable to because I didn't take the class or get signed off. I recommend that any new AIR be realistic in what they want to use and take those classes right away. If you need a hole drilled and you aren't signed off on the drill, just ask someone who is signed off, they'll drill that hole for you because it's that kind of place. Time goes fast and if there is something you want to learn, go for it because when are you going to have that opportunity again? All the instructors are great and willing to answer all your crazy questions. A special thanks to Gabe for helping me so many times with all my computer questions and when the laser cutter doesn't feel like cooperating. (I did mention I'm computer Illiterate right?) On that note, I have learned soooooo much here and though I still feel that computers are generally going to shut down when I touch them, I have learned how to create an image and laser cut that image. I started with leather and made a few water bottle sheaths, dog collars, a leather necklace and a beautiful bag.  Now I'm working with wood and the detail is pretty incredible. I dabbled in the 3D software world and learned a little with Fusion 360 but I wasn't willing to take my precious residency time to learn it. But I do plan on pursuing that education. It's interesting to me and important for the way the world is going which I'm still trying to wrap my head around being a very old school DIY hand made kind of gal. I really cherished my time as an Artist in Residence at Instructables. Honestly, when I was there, I never wanted to leave and would stay into the wee hours. The people are very kind and its like a large quirky family. I've never worked anywhere where employees voluntarily and enjoyably come in on the weekend to work. By the time my residency was over, I think there were forty-five Airs. So many interesting and creative people.  What an amazing idea this is. What an amazing opportunity for growth this program has given so many people. A truly beautiful gift that I am forever grateful for. Thank you to all the people in the foreground who help us on a daily basis and form this place and for those behind the scenes that make it possible. Thank you, you are so appreciated. Sincerely, Rima Khalek

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Help! i need to hatch some spiny leaf insect eggs and i have no idea how

Help, i need to hatch about 80 spiny leaf inset eggs and i dont have a clue how. pplzz help. How big are the babys when they hatch? can someone post a pic of a newly hathed baby so i knowwhat they look like. is putting the eggs on paper towel okay? is spraying the egss only twice a week okay? how long does it take for them to hatch?

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What kind of bug is this? Answered

If someone could be so kind to help me identify this bug. Thank you

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Eating ants?

This is a topic with a special thanks to goodhart. What is the best way to prepare and eat ants, or other insects and in what manner?

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Why is my vision blurry after an insect flew into my eye?

About 24 hours ago a small bug like a gnat flew into my right eye. My eye burned for the rest of that day, but felt fine the next morning. Although my eye feels fine, my eyesight is very blurred through my right eye. I have always had perfect vision without glasses or similar objects until this encounter. Does anyone know what may be causing this? Will this go away on it's own, or should I do something about it?

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How to make a DIY mosquito trap?

I've had great success with the fly trap using a bottle. Can you do something for mosquitoes as well?

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how does a monarch butterfly chrysalis have gold dots on it? Answered

It looks metallic but I cant see how an insect could produce it?

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Programmers can you help me?

I can give you an excellent opportunity to learn some things about insect detectors, and to challenge your creativity! I need a some help from a programmer/ technical person for my art project (immediately)- Short about the project: The Project is planned for the end exam exhibition at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, June/ July 2008, but might also be shown at later occasions. The work is an installation with video projections, machines and live insects. A box is located on the top of a pedestal. The box contains crane flies, which will be seen through a small window. The crane fly's movements are intercepted by sensors which translates the movements to commands for a machine. The walls in the room are covered by video projections. By means of wires, the machine can move around in the whole room. Technically what I need is: Through an actometer (insect movement detector) the electric impulses created by the movement of the insects, can be viewed in a software on a computer. What i need to do is to use the graph of movements in the software to send output commands to a machine (made by me, controlled by Remote controlls). I am not sure of how this can be done in the best way possible, but I have some suggestions which I can explain more precisely later on. I am looking for someone who have knowledge in terms of programming, and could be able to come up with a good solution, as well as maybe collaborating/ helping me out with my project. Please let me know if you are interested, know someone or know where I should go to meet the right people here in amsterdam. All answers are appreciated! Thank you in advance Andrea

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micro electronics

Basic of this post is where e to buy micro size electronics for micro flying drones which are insect size? I asked arduino and raspberry pi, no answer yet.  in this post : https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Ornithopter-Micro-UAV-Drone/     there is electromotor which OP claim that was used also by inventor of little flying drone...regarding arduino uno board i am not sure that was really used by inventor, please see pictures and videos on youtube....so if someone knows please post where to buy such micro size electronics. Thank you  

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dose spark will produce through tesla coil using 6v DC battery?

Dose spark will produce through tesla coil using 6v DC battery..............if possible can we use it as insect killer???

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New here, first time posting. I want to add to the arduino insect bot

Well I am new here and this is my first post Well I have build the arduino insect bot from the book Arduino bots and gadgets. It is in the picture. I have it working but I want to add a touch sensor and attach it to the shell. I have an idea on how to build it. I would use a small button attached to the shell with the lie going to analog A0 pin. This would stop the robot by centering the servos and giving it the ability to stop when the shell was pressed down. Now the program is here. #include Servo frontServo; Servo rearServo; int centerPos = 90; int frontRightUp = 72; int frontLeftUp = 108; int backRightForward = 75; int backLeftForward = 105; int walkSpeed = 150; // how long to wait between steps int centerTurnPos = 81; int frontTurnRightUp = 63; int frontTurnLeftUp = 117; int backTurnRightForward = 66; int backTurnLeftForward = 96; // Ping Distance Measure int pingPin = 4; long int duration, distanceInches; long distanceFront=0; //cm int startAvoidanceDistance=20; //cm long microsecondsToInches(long microseconds) {   return microseconds / 74 / 2; } long microsecondsToCentimeters(long microseconds) {   return microseconds / 29 / 2; } long distanceCm(){   pinMode(pingPin, OUTPUT);   digitalWrite(pingPin, LOW);   delayMicroseconds(2);   digitalWrite(pingPin, HIGH);   delayMicroseconds(5);   digitalWrite(pingPin, LOW);     pinMode(pingPin, INPUT);   duration = pulseIn(pingPin, HIGH);     distanceInches = microsecondsToInches(duration);   return microsecondsToCentimeters(duration); } void center() {   frontServo.write(centerPos);   rearServo.write(centerPos); } void moveForward() {   frontServo.write(frontRightUp);   rearServo.write(backLeftForward);   delay(125);   frontServo.write(centerPos);   rearServo.write(centerPos);   delay(65);     frontServo.write(frontLeftUp);   rearServo.write(backRightForward);   delay(125);     frontServo.write(centerPos);   rearServo.write(centerPos);   delay(65); } void moveBackRight() {   frontServo.write(frontRightUp);   rearServo.write(backRightForward-6);   delay(125);   frontServo.write(centerPos);   rearServo.write(centerPos-6);   delay(65);   frontServo.write(frontLeftUp+9);   rearServo.write(backLeftForward-6);   delay(125);     frontServo.write(centerPos);   rearServo.write(centerPos);   delay(65); } void moveTurnLeft() {   frontServo.write(frontTurnRightUp);   rearServo.write(backTurnLeftForward);   delay(125);   frontServo.write(centerPos);   rearServo.write(centerPos-6);   delay(65);   frontServo.write(frontLeftUp-+9);   rearServo.write(backLeftForward-6);   delay(125);     frontServo.write(centerTurnPos);   rearServo.write(centerTurnPos);   delay(65); } void setup() {   frontServo.attach(2);   rearServo.attach(3);   pinMode(pingPin, OUTPUT); } void loop() {   distanceFront=distanceCm();     if(distanceFront > 1){       if (distanceFront         for(int i=0; i<=8; i++) {         moveBackRight();         delay(walkSpeed);       }             for(int i=0; i<10; i++){         moveTurnLeft();         delay(walkSpeed);       }      } else {        moveForward();        delay(walkSpeed);      }     } } I would like to know what line of code to add to receive input from pin AO and center the servo stopping the robot.

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Paleontologist prints fossils in 3D

French palaeontologist Paul Tafforeau has been using 3D lithography to make microscopic fossils, hidden in opaque blocks of amber, vsible for detailed study.Using intense light from a synchrotron (a kind of particle accelerator), he illuminates the amber, revealing, so far, over 350 specimens of trapped insects in 2kg amber. Some of the species are new to science.3D images are built up with micro-tomography, and these digital images are used to recreate millimetre-scale insects as plastic models at a scale that allows easy handling and visual study without needing microscopes.BBC Story (included iPlayer video, which may not be viewable outside UK)

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Itchy Hamster; healthy?

We have our classroom hamster for the summer. I've noticed that she seems to scratch a lot when in her apartment/sleep area. We clean her cage weekly and I often change the bedding in her apartment mid-week. I have not noticed any insects, but wonder if there is something bothering her. Any suggestions?

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Patio table pocket holes

I have made the Patio table and I was debating whether or not to plug the pocket holes. I am concerned that I might have to tighten the screws over time so should not plug them but  if I do that I am worried about insects (spiders) nesting in the holes - any thoughts ?

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To use a monocular as a telephoto lens, on my cool pix, do I use both lenses or just the objective ?

I want to get some shots of both, the local birds and insects.  Can I use a monocular mounted on my cool pix for that and, do I just use the objective lens?

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fly trap

Fly paper doesnt work so well in my exp.   funnel style trap works nice for wasps.  but for flies? don't want somethin stinky (ideally) prefer somethin that doesnt take up counterspace. if there are -ibles already,     review of which one(s)  work best? for shed/ garage/ kitchen please/thanks

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What should I feed a praying mantis?

I remember hearing that a mantis can be trained to recognize a person's face/voice. And having come across a tiny praying mantis today, I thought," What on earth would I feed that thing?"  Perhaps other small insects? I really have no idea.

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Fly Powered Planes

Flies generally buzz about and don't do much besides feed the local spiders, but here's a a couple ways to put them to work by powering tiny airplanes. Check out the models below from the 70s or the video for something more recent to show you that, yes, this crazy idea actually works. Insect Power via Neatorama

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Group Keyword Problems

I went to my group, Shadowman39's Favorite Instructables and Members, and just noticed that there's something wrong with the keywords. I didn't put those keywords there, so I'm wondering who did. There isn't a way to edit the keywords (for me, anyways). So, I want to get rid of those keywords. Thanks, Shadowman39

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Gilding a ...Wasp?

I have a  vision for a project but am unsure what would be the best means of achieving it.  When I was a kid, I had a bug collection. My grandfather found a perfectly preserved wasp in his garage and saved it for me in a plastic syrup bottle lid. Over the decades all my other insect specimens crumbled (I was a kid, so I just had them loose in a school box without proper mounts) but this wasp is STILL intact and perfect inside the syrup cap more than 20 years later! My grandfather was very special to me, and I was toying with the idea of somehow metal plating this wasp to turn it into a pendant. I have no experience with metal working and don't own the stuff to do it, but i'm open to purchasing materials if my goal even seems realistic.  It is a fragile exoskeleton, which probably limits what I can do in terms of casting  I have wondered about brush coating it with fiberglass resin (to strengthen it) and then painting it with gold leaf, but many of the faux gold leaf paints out there are pretty crappy looking.   Fearing I might just end up destroying the wasp, I've also thought maybe I should just get a Ryker mount and hang him with the rest of my legit insect collection, though it is not posed properly and is likely waaaaaay too old to be re-relaxed for posing. If any experienced jewelry makers, gold leaders, or entomologists have thoughts on how to successfully gild this wasp (or why not to), I welcome your ideas! Thanks in advance.

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What's the best way to get rid of asian ladybugs that get into the house?

Hey guys, it's late fall in my area. ladybugs are starting to come into the house for warmth. I know that they are beneficial, but the house is off limits. I'm thinking of making some kind of trap, but not sure what to use as bait. Thank you for your help

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How do I disinfect feathers?

How do I disinfect feathers?I collect found white feathers, from seagulls. I am hesitant to use them for my creative projects as I would like to know how to disinfect them. I worry that they may contain microscopic parasites, insects etc......Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

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Using plastic bags for gardening?

A friend is asking what he can do to protect the fruit on his trees without spraying pesticide. I told him my aunt uses little plastic bags like these to cover them up so insects don't eat them but he's concerned if it's safe/non-toxic. Can anyone help me answer this or come up with something else?

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DIY Mosquito Dunk? Is there a safe way to keep mosquito larve from growing in standing water under my house plant? Answered

I'm hoping the member geniuses can give me a method of making a home made mosquito dunk, or suggest safe additives that will prevent mosquito larvae from utilizing the standing water surrounding my water-loving taro plant as a nursery. Thank you for your brain power and suggestions.

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Ok, certainly someone can tell me what THIS bug is? Answered

 I was wiring up some stuff behind my door, and found yet ANOTHER bug. Now I know I asked before and no one could really tell me what it was, but this is a completely different bug than the first one, and yet I have no idea what it is. I have one REALLY clear picture here, surely someone can tell me?!?

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How do you make a kodak tazer with less zap?

I've read a few of the kodak tazer instructables, but none of them tell you how to suppress the voltage output (other than putting in a half-dead battery). But is there any way to suppress the zap? Cut it in half maybe? My history teacher is always wishing that tazer's were legal in school's, but this also looks very interesting, I wouldn't mind using it as a prank, but again, with less umff...

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Are Americans Losing Touch with DIY Skills?

Click for Full Story*Link Fixed*Science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein once wrote: "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."...Are hands-on skills — building things, fixing things, operating machines and so on — really in decline?...Does this matter? And if people are becoming less mechanically handy, is that so bad? I think so — and not just because specialization is for insects.We don't all have to be MacGyver, but from time to time all of us will face problems that can't be addressed with a laptop and a cellphone. In a genuine emergency, having some basic manual skills could be the difference between surviving comfortably and being totally helpless.That is a very interesting article. What do you think about it?

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