I tried snipping the head off a pin just once (to photograph  the specimen unobscured.)   The shock wave passing through the pin did irreparable damage -- I never did find most of the legs!



Steve Halford ([log in to unmask])
Museum Technician (Retired)           
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University

On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 9:31 AM, Metz, Mark <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
So, what is the limitation created by the pin? The size of the extraction vial?

Why not snip the pin on both sides with wire cutters? If you want another hole for effluent, poke it again in a pleurite.

I assume this is for non-destructive extraction from a small beetle, so it can be pointed after extraction and drying. Or you can leave some of the pin underneath for a double mount.

On Wed, 2017-11-29 at 11:49 -0500, Gil Nelson wrote:
Another possibility:

On 11/29/2017 11:13 AM, Michael Wilson wrote:
Dear Colleagues Does anyone have a good method of removing a (beetle) specimen from a pin without the use of a relaxing box? A student wishes to place dried specimens in a solution which will extract the body contents for DNA extraction. But needs to remove the pin first. I have read about techniques that can heat a pin using a battery system allowing the pin to be removed- but have not seen one in action! Someone else has suggested that a drop of 'wood naptha' at the base of the pin would relax the specimen locally and allow the pin to be removed. Any suggestions welcomed Thanks in advance Mike Wilson Dr Michael R Wilson Entomology Section Dept of Natural Sciences National Museum of Wales Cardiff, CF10 3NP, UK Tel: +44 2920 573263 email: [log in to unmask] YMWADIAD Rydym yn croesawu gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg a Saesneg, ac yn sicrhau y byddwn yn cyfathrebu â chi yn eich iaith ddewisol, boed yn Gymraeg, Saesneg neu’r ddwy, dim ond i chi ein hysbysu. Ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg yn peri oedi. Mae pob neges e-bost a anfonir at neu gan Amgueddfa Cymru yn cael ei sganio gan systemau diogelwch awtomatig. Sganiwyd y neges hon am firysau cyn ei hanfon, ond dylech hefyd wirio bod y neges, a phob atodiad ynddi, yn rhydd o firysau cyn ei defnyddio. Nid ydym yn derbyn cyfrifoldeb am unrhyw golled neu ddifrod o ganlyniad i agor y neges neu unrhyw atodiadau. Gall y neges hon ac unrhyw ffeiliau a atodir ynddi gynnwys gwybodaeth gyfrinachol a fwriadwyd ar gyfer y derbynnydd yn unig. Os ydych chi wedi derbyn y neges trwy gamgymeriad, hysbyswch ni a dileu’r neges. Safbwyntiau personol yr awdur a fynegir yn y neges hon, ac nid ydynt o reidrwydd yn cynrychioli safbwyntiau Amgueddfa Cymru. Nid ydym yn derbyn cyfrifoldeb am unrhyw wallau, llygredd neu esgeulustod a allai godi wrth drosglwyddo'r neges hon. DISCLAIMER We welcome correspondence in Welsh and English, and we will ensure that we communicate with you in the language of your choice, whether that’s English, Welsh or both if you let us know which you prefer. Corresponding in Welsh will not lead to any delay. E-mail to and from Amgueddfa Cymru is scanned by automated security systems. This message was scanned for viruses before transmission, but you should also satisfy yourself that the message, and all attachments, are virus-free before use. We can accept no responsibility for any loss or damage that might arise from opening the message or any attachments. This message and any files transmitted with it may contain confidential information intended only for the recipient. If you receive the message by mistake please inform us and delete it. The views expressed in this message are the personal views of the author and may not necessarily represent those of Amgueddfa Cymru. We accept no liability for any errors, corruption or omissions that might arise in transmission of this message. -- Scanned by FuseMail.

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