Tools for Insect Collecting

28 Mar
Pinned beetles in a collection box (Coleoptera).

Pinned beetles in a collection box (Coleoptera).

New page up in the techniques section.  Please check out my “Tools for Insect Collecting.”

For the novice bug enthusiast interested in starting an insect collection the options and information available can be bewildering.  Luckily, the hobby is easier (and cheaper) than it might seem.  Here’s my two-cents worth on the best tools to get you started.


For more techniques for insect collection and rearing, visit the techniques section.


4 Responses to “Tools for Insect Collecting”

  1. JasonC. March 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    What kind of data do people like to put on their pins? I have species, plant, date and time of day on my labels, but is there anything else you can add?

    • 6legs2many March 31, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      Hey Jason,
      You can find detailed information on how to format locality labels and ID labels on some of the collection guides I mentioned.
      In general, you include Country:State:County, a specific locality (i.e. city), date, and collector’s name, and then a fifth line might have optional information about where and how you collected it. So, yes, host plant, collection method, general habitat and even possibly time of day and weather may be worthwhile to include.
      Generally ID is put on a separate label just under the locality label– this is because species classifications can change over time (and thus you may want to change the label) but the locality information will never change.
      Hope this helps! 🙂

    • 6legs2many December 29, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      I’m sorry, but that link doesn’t work for me. I’d recommend uploading it to Bugguide, or you’re welcome to email me.

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