Andy, this seems like the perfect opportunity to ask this - I did some testing years ago on finding the optimal hand sanitizer to use for macro photography purposes. Specifically, I was using it to hold tiny grasshopper genitalia in place while doing focal-stacking work.The best one I found was Target's Up and Up brand, but even it tended to become cloudy to some degree after a while. So, I'm quite curious to know what your producf preference is, your overall experience (pros/cons), and what taxa/morphology you use it for.Thanks!
Derek A. Woller, Ph.D.
USDA Supervisory Entomologist, Rangeland Grasshopper and Mormon Cricket Management Team
Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A.
Check out my wife's neat Etsy store where you can buy all sorts of neat vinyl decals, especially cool insect ones: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtisticNatureStudio?ref=pr_shop_moreOn Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 12:58 PM Brower, Andrew V - APHIS <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Purel or other alcohol-based hand sanitizers work pretty well for embedding the specimen so you can get the angles you want for your photos.
Andrew Brower, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, National Identification Services (NIS)
USDA APHIS PPQ Plant Health Programs
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I am working on a barcoding project and we will be photographing our beetle specimens before sequencing (using a Leica MC 170 microscope camera). Are there any protocols and/or suggestions for obtaining optimal pictures of LBBs in ethanol?
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