Was hoping to get some tips on the best way to mount an insect in a shadow box. Most of the low cost, imported shadow boxes I've seen always just glue the insect directly to the background, but that seems a bit messy and crude. What's the best method for doing it correctly? I've got a carpenter bee that I'd like to mount into a little square shadowbox. It's already posed and pinned and ready to go.
I use shadow boxes sometimes for large specimens. Some of them I did glue in with hot glue...except after time the glue sagged. My best solution was to use a piece of foam backer board (white) cut to size and either place a pinned insect inside the box, or support the insect using pins close to the body, especially for beetles. Not glueing is probably the more scientific method anyway. It also gave me the opportunity to raise the bottom of the box closer to the glass, it all depends on the box you're using.
What I did was I cut foam square 5x5x4mm glue this to the bottom. Cut the insect pin as close to thorax as possible, leave as long as 3-4mm long on the other side to pin it into that square. I used some glue to make sure that the specimen won’t get loose after the shadow box is sealed