Guide to Pinning Insects. How to set up your insect box:. Organize your insects in an “insect collection box” according to the order in which they belong.
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Organize your insects in an “insect collection box” according to the order in which they belong.
(It is easiest to pin your insects on a piece of covered Styrofoam and then place the Styrofoam into a Tupperware container, a shoe box, a wooden box, etc. or move the insects from your “pinning Styrofoam” into your collection box after they are pinned. )
Glue to the point of a small triangular piece of rigid white paper, so that the insect pin goes through the center of the base of the triangle, the triangle points towards the left, and the head of the insect is towards the top of the box.
It is easiest to pin your insects on a piece of Styrofoam in order to avoid breaking appendages (if your insect does loose a leg or antennae, you can always use a small amount of glue to reattach the appendage).
Although you can pin your insect with any type of pin (as long as all the pins are the same), specialized insect pins (size 2 or 3) making the pinning process easier as they are sharper, longer, and skinnier than most other pins.
Insect pins can be purchased through Amazon (though this is not a requirement): http://www.amazon.com/INSECT-PINS-100-PK/dp/B001D769NG/ref=sr_1_2?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1372177916&sr=1-2&keywords=%232+insect+pins
Each order of insects is pinned in a slightly different manner, but all insects need to be pinned in a manner that they are straight and even on the pins with about 1/3 of the pin above the top surface of the insect.