Subject: insect collecting for the squeamish
July 14, 2016 5:46 pm
I’ve always been facinated by insects and recently I’ve noticed my son taking an interest too I want to encourage/develop it by starting an insect collection.
However, I’m not keen on the idea of killing them.
I come across many different insects already dead & was wondering if there’s any reason I couldn’t use these specimins instead, and if you knew of or was aware of any information based on collecting already dead insects.
Bit of an odd quetion, I realise, but hopefully you can help me.
Signature: Jessica Hanlon
Your letter has been in the back of our mind for a few days now. Though we do support insect collections as an educational experience, the sad state is that many school project insect collections are not maintained and they are quickly forgotten after the grade has been allocated. We have a wonderful letter in our archives from Nancy that recounts her school collection that was assembled strictly from insects on a car grill, and we are illustrating your query with an awesome Car Grill Road Kill image we received many years back. We think creating a collection from already dead insects is a marvelous way to reconcile your reservations. We also believe that a truly interested youngster can develop a real appreciation for the natural world by beginning a true “capture” collection. You might enjoy this posting as well from Susanne where we support starting a collection and we do not believe an insect collection is Unnecessary Carnage. Doing a photo collection is another possibility for folks who do not want to kill and pin insects.
Thanks for your reply. It definitely encouraged me to just give it a go.
My 10 year old sister my son and myself went on a hunt round the house today for dead bugs, and although some of them were quite elderly corpses by the time they were manhandled by children it has proved to be an activity that kept them both entertained for hours.
Tomorrow we’ll be trying to identify some of them. Here’s a section of our ‘bug collection for the squeamish’.
That is one impressive collection you have assembled in a very short space of time.