Classic Book Download: Smithsonian Institution – Directions for Collecting and Preserving Specimens

In the late eighteenth and early 20th centuries, naturalists were traveling all over the globe collecting exotic specimens for museums around the world.   In 1911 the Smithsonian published bulletin 39 outlining the directions for collecting and preserving specimens of all types.  Here we find Riley’s famous 1892 work on collecting and preserving insects as well as articles outlining the collection of everything from rocks and minerals to baskets to skeletons and almost anything else imaginable.  It really is a fascinating read. As you are probably aware, I love old science books.  I added this one to the collection, and it is my belief that you will enjoy it too. Bulletin 39 of the Smithsonian Institution: Directions for Collecting and Preserving … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading