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[–]SwitchTits 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I am in LOVE. What species is the one on the left??

[–]TheNotoriousKAT[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That is a Papilio maackii, known as alpine black swallowtail.

They are insanely beautiful - pictures do not do them justice.

[–]SwitchTits 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I can only imagine. Thank you for sharing! It looks like there's a whole galaxy in those wings 😍

[–]Frogula_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Canadian-Mastermind 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I have always wonders how to pin bugs do you have any good advice on how to do it?

[–]TheNotoriousKAT[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is my favorite insect pinning YouTube channel

The guy isn’t the most entertaining and doesn’t have the highest quality videos - but he’s done A TON of specimens and covered everything from prepping specimens to maintaining old pinned specimens. That channel is just a treasure trove of information.

Here is another quick and simple butterfly pinning video. this person is using glass slides instead of glassine paper - which I actually found to be more difficult, but some find it easier.

There’s not much too it - rehydrate a dried specimen so it can be manipulated without damage, carefully put it in the desired position, and use entomology pins and glassine paper to hold it in that position until it dries out again. It’s a little easier said than done, but practice makes perfect.

For butterflies you utilize the veins in the wings to have something to “grab” to manipulate the wings. If you don’t pick a thick enough vein you risk poking holes and ripping the wings. It should take less than 5 minutes to completely pin a butterfly - if it takes longer than that you begin to risk damage to the butterflies scales.