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.