Dec 31 2015

Leaf-Footed Bug

My wife found this little fellow in our bedroom, and I gave it a more dignified funeral than she would have preferred.  Preserved using ethyl acetate and mounted in a prefabricated shadow box with all proper identification.


Oct 7 2014

Carolina Mantis Preservation

I found this little one succumbing to pesticide poisoning on my back  porch. I “rescued” it from a tiny spider and lay it to rest in a kill jar filled with evaporated ethyl acetate.  Pinned, dried, and mounted in a decorative bell jar.


Sep 29 2014

Luna Moth Preservation

I found this lovely Luna Moth (Actias luna) being feasted upon by a wheel bug. I decided to preserve the specimen since it was doomed at that point anyway. Flicked off the wheelbug from its dinner and let the Luna Moth rest in a kill jar filled with evaporated ethyl acetate. Pinned, dried, and mounted in a decorative display case.