Hi, folks. In the past few years, our campus became part of a broader
national program that supports Natural History Museum Clubs at various
institutions. Our campus chapter president has been given University
approval to offer a new course in museum science, with a focus on
curatorial practices in different kinds of natural history collections.
Naturally, one of the main types of collections she wants to devote
significant time to is insect collections, and she's asked me to forward
her request to you all, to find good general online sources discussing
I've already given her a few links and/or documents, such as detailed
resources discussing specimen pinning, labeling,
databasing/georeferencing, and also packing and shipping. There are
other topics I don't know of single good sources for, such as discussion
of cabinets/drawers/unit trays, or pest control, or fluid and slide
preservation, and similar things.
Unless I'm missing something, I can only find one link on the ECN
website itself, buried deep down in the "systematics resources" section,
to a manual on collecting and preserving insects
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.cassavabiz.org_production_proddocs_INSE-2DSCR.PDF&d=DwIGaQ&c=Cu5g146wZdoqVuKpTNsYHeFX_rg6kWhlkLF8Eft-wwo&r=-lUMCZ4RK28H4qvcd3vmEBuyVJHHG0OpDzFenR9wX-A&m=8z2R6lJhvIedFjtIPy_rTacXIASoP4tX94M6CzhTOU0&s=QyTeRlgnSy96cjekDF1wvfUJdVx1t6xEtCJe3_Ue2cU&e= ), and this
is very large and very generalized, so I'm hopeful that (1) people here
have some other good suggestions (either to share with the group or to
share privately), and (2) that the ECN resource pages can include a
number of additional links like these in the future, in a section on
"curatorial resources" (we have frequent discussions along these lines
during our annual meetings).
Thanks in advance!
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82