Guest AlexW

How to make dried beetles?

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When you know you are a very unusual sort of entomophile:

 

You easily break world records by keeping new and unusual coleopterans as pets

But after they die you can barely preserve the specimens

 

I am trying to preserve insects after they die of natural causes, but despite plenty of info on the internet they don't seem to turn out right. Bugguide's instructions seem to suggest that putting mothballs and sealing the display are enough to keep them from disintegrating, as if the specimens would dry out and thus automatically become immune to mold and rot. I tried the fridge and the freezer, but they don't seem to prevent decay.

I don't wish to keep nasty poisons in my collection case, and I can't buy one either. Tips? I'm thinking of something like this, because I don't like pins.

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Great question! I too am interested in this.

I've been curious as to how the pros deal with the gooey innards of larger insects - big hissers, hercules beetles, vinegaroons. I know my hissers start to smell pretty bad after a day or so. It's that something you just have to wait out? Or do you do a taxidermy type thing where you remove the inside and stuff the cavity?

I use the pin method in case that matters.   

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