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How to Make an Awesome Insect Collection

A Beginner's Guide to Finding, Collecting, Mounting,
Identifying, and Displaying Insects

Authors: Timothy J. Gibb and Christian Y. Oseto

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In spite of their small size, insects are among the most interesting and adaptable creatures on planet Earth. Each is distinct in appearance and has a behavior that, when studied, is truly fascinating. Insects are as plentiful as they are diverse. An enthusiastic insect collector will find no end to the number of treasures hidden in fields and woods, along the shores of lakes and streams, in soils or leaf litter, and in a myriad of other places. In fact, insects are so universally present that they can be found nearly everywhere, any time of the day or night, and even during the winter months, if one knows how and where to search for them.

Making an insect collection is the best way to get to know the insects. This book teaches all that a beginning student needs to know about how to find, collect, identify, preserve and display insects. Dispatching, pinning, spreading, and mounting specimens are all part of this process.

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Happy Collecting!

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