Quick Note: Specimen Storage

Obtaining adequate specimen storage is expensive for any avocational entomologist, but especially for the lepidopterist do to the relatively large size of our quarry compared to say the coleopterist.   I have been researching the least expensive way to obtain some drawers to start my collection.

Pre-built drawers run from twenty nine to about sixty five dollars per depending on the options selected, but shipping is the killer.  Bio-Quip has drawer kits that ship broken down and can save substantially in that regard.  I also found an article in the Southern Lepidopterists’ News Volume 14 Number 4 by Vernon Brou describing how to build your own Cornell style drawers.  I intend to use California Academy sized drawers, so I would need to redimension his plans.

Whichever drawers I choose, I will be using unit pinning trays rather than plastic foam in the bottoms of the drawers.

At this time, I’m leaning toward the Bio-Quip drawer kits, but I’d like to know your thoughts and experiences in selecting storage for your collection.  If you have a minute, please leave a comment.

GW


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