DIY Entomology - info on collecting, pinning, labeling, dissecting etc.

There are over 400 members of the moths of Ontario project now (thanks to all of you who have joined!), and there are a variety of ways that people approach this hobby. Many of us just take photos, but some are collecting specimens. For those who have an interest in collecting, here are a couple of places to find excellent information on various aspects of the subject.

Mark Read (@markread) alerted me to a new series of videos from Kyhl Austin (@kyhlaustin) at Cornell. Kyhl released a series of videos on collecting, identifying, sexing and dissecting moths, with a focus on pining micro moths:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1q1QveNzZ3cqnda0RQbYYQ

There are multiple other options with related content, and this series from Oregon State University has a broader taxa focus, but there are many components related to moths and butterflies, as well as a video on creating labels:
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/pests-weeds-diseases/insects/collecting-preserving-insects

Please share any other suggestions in the comments section.

Posted by dkaposi dkaposi, April 16, 2020 01:07

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