Post by boghaunter1 on Jan 1, 2013 15:00:12 GMT -8
Just stumbled across an interesting little video on Youtube about preserving & displaying small dried insect specimens (misc. small hymenopterans) using ordinary hand sanitizer... quite interesting... check it out if you like. Type "Preserving with hand sanitizer" into the search area. Video is by Sam Droege....
Post by boghaunter1 on Jan 2, 2013 12:17:26 GMT -8
... I agree, but... considering that much more than three quarters of the known/described insect spp. in the world are less than 1/4" (6mm) long... Hmmm... lots of possibilities. We only see the largest, prettiest spp. of leps. & coleops on this site... very little else from the other 28 or so insect orders... Still one of the best bug sites on the web!
Post by deerkiller9991 on Aug 10, 2015 19:50:54 GMT -8
Old topic but I have been doing this for the last week and other than a little trial and error it works great.
A few of the "how to" videos for this talk about boiling the hand sanitizer (vial in boiling water) with the specimen in it to remove the bubbles. When I tried this for 2 spiders I caught, it seemed to cause their abdomen to leak into the sanatizer (foggy looking spots in it). I ended up just using a hypodermic needle to remove the bubbles.
Other thing I noticed doing this is, when your using a tool to manipulate the specimen, wipe it off each time you remove it from the sanatizer. Otherwise when it is exposed on the tool (assume why) it turns foggy when you stick it back into the vial.
Here are a few I have placed in sanatizer. Happy with all of them except the Bumble Bee. He seemed to lose his yellow when he was sitting in alcohol.