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This USA specimen kit includes everything that is in the 20 specimen collection, plus ten more specimens and one additional insect order (Zygentoma). To summarize, this kit includes 12 different insect Orders containing 30 different insect Families. So, you get 30 different specimens of dead insects (30 different species) and 30 pins, plus a pair of forceps (tweezers) that are helpful in manipulating the specimens into position. The table below lists this information in an easier to understand format. Please note that some specimens are small or soft-bodied and ship in alcohol (70% alcohol in 1.5 milliliter microcentrifuge vials) as denoted by asterisks in the table below. These and all the other species are usually collected within the last calendar year and have been stored in the freezer to maintain both their appearance and, when thawed, their flexibility. That means no chemicals (relaxing fluid) are typically required. If needed, you can put them in water that has been boiled and set to the side for a few moments. If you don't plan to use the thawed specimens on arrival, simply place them back in the freezer until you're ready. Also, note that termites are now considered to be in the Order Blattodea, although much literature still refers to them as being placed within the Order Isoptera. Similarly, Leafhoppers and Treehoppers may be placed by some older references in the Order Homoptera. All specimens (including ones in vials) are packed between layers of soft tissue paper within portion cups (small condiment cups with lids). These are wrapped in cushioning newspaper and overboxed with a cardboard box for shipping. Please see Terms and Conditions page for more information about our policies and shipping services.

Many specimens are large enough to accommodate a pin stuck through them, but you may find that small and/or fragile specimens are more easily glued to paper tabs with pins (first) stuck through the paper tabs (see Oregon State University Website). This is the conventional method for displaying small specimens. We include a few duplicated specimens for you to practice pinning (Sorry, no special requests as to which ones you get as freebies).

Last Revised 9/19/17

Order Family Common Name
 Hemiptera  Pentatomidae  Stink Bug
 Hemiptera  Rhopalidae  Boxelder Bug
 Hemiptera  Cicadadellidae  Leafhopper
 Hemiptera  Miridae  Plant Bug
 Diptera  Calliphoridae  Bluebottle Fly
 Diptera  Muscidae  House Fly
 Diptera  Drophillidae  Dance Fly
 Diptera  Empididae  Soldier Fly
 Hymenoptera  Vespidae  Yellowjacket
 Hymenoptera  Apidae  Honeybee
 Hymenoptera         Formicidae  Ant
 Coleoptera  Carabidae  Ground Beetle
 Coleoptera  Coccinellidae  Ladybug
 Coleoptera  Curculionidae  Weevil
 Coleoptera  Elateridae  Click Beetle
 Coleoptera  Scarabaeidae  Scarab Beetle
 Blattodea  Blattidae  Cockroach
 Blattodea  Rhinotermitidae  Subterranean Termite*
 Odonata   Libellulidae  Skimmer Dragonfly     
 Odonata  (varies)  Damselfly
 Orthoptera  Acrididae  Grasshopper
 Orthoptera  Gryllidae  Cricket
 Lepidoptera           Noctuidae  Owlet Moth
 Lepidoptera  Pieridae  Pierid Butterfly
 Lepidoptera  Nymphalidae  Buckeye Butterfly
 Lepidoptera  Geometridae  Geometer Moth
 Trichoptera  (varies)  Caddisfly
 Neuroptera  Chrysopidae                  Green Lacewing
 Microcoryphia  Machilidae  Jumping Bristletail*   
 Dermaptera  Forficulidae

 Earwig


+ 30 Pins 

+ Forceps

Duplicate specimens are shipped for your to practice with (sorry, no requests on these free extras).

Dead Insect Collection 30 Count

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