Post by boghaunter1 on May 11, 2014 13:00:39 GMT -8
Lots of simple ways... Pin it upside down (legs up) with wings spread at 90 degrees on styrafoam or better yet cut a wide enough & deep enough slot in the foam to accommodate the oversize body & pin it with the regular headup method as you would any lep... or best... make a quick custom spreading board out of two, wide, thick foam strips (again spaced apart enough to accommodate the body) & glued to a foam base.... also good for all large sphinx moths, silkmoths, birdwings, etc.
There are actually quite a few pictures on the web, but they are spelled cicada, not cikada. I prefer making my own large-sized spreading board out of foam strips for cicadas, it works well for large grasshoppers too
Hello Martina - well you would likely have ONE of THREE normally collected Pomponia - intermedia, pendlebuyii - or imperatoria. Whilst all three can certainly hit the larger range of sizes - I would default to IMPERATORIA in your case. Likely somewhere between 7 mile on the Tapah Road to Brinchang. You can identify them pretty easily by the "drums" small on a large body is either pendlebuyii or imperatorial and longer drums is intermedia. Pendleburyii can be tricky - unless it is alive when the eyes are lime green - not light grey as in imperatoria. Setting is easy - you can make your own setting board to accommodate the larger body and wing span with Styrofoam - IN THE GROOVE place saranwrap or similar - this will assist you to remove the specimen without the tarsal claws affixing to the Styrofoam and detaching. Set the wings at 90 degrees (much like your leps_ and job done. IF you wish? albeit not mandatory you can extend the two front legs - Hope this helps - cheers