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    Insect Collection

    I'm taking the General Entomology class at my school and we have to have a bug collection and it's worth about 30% of our final grade. The requirements are to have a minimum of 10 orders, 35 families, and 45 ecological categories. Ecological categories are things like Leaf Chewing, Plant Sucking, Vertebrate Parasite, Wood dwelling, cryptic coloration, stem borers, soil burrower, chemical defense, mimics, gall forming, agricultural pests, etc. As of now I have 18 different orders, 53 families and the only ecological categories I'm missing is a Seed feeding insect and a second Insect Parasite. Anyway, here's my collection for those of you that enjoy insects.
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    Lepidoptera


    Orthoptera


    Diptera


    Blattodea and Coleoptera


    Hymenoptera


    Hemiptera


    Mantodea


    Odonata


    Those are the only insects I have pinned the rest are in vials and are pretty hard to photograph without some sort of microscope. Thanks for looking!
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    Nice! The students in my class today were catching bugs on our ag farm field trip for their entomology class. They seemed to catch a nice big selection. I'd love to take this class, but will have to wait until another semseter.
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    Why do they have to die?
    Gettin there...

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    Nice set! If you want more, they'd need to be relaxed and mounted, let me know, and I can catch you some interesting CA buggies. I used to have a very nice collection. It got lost in two successive moves.

    An idea: Small samples can be attached to the paper tag, and the tag pinned through.
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    @Divaskid, it is a lot of work but it is also a lot of fun
    @TOG, most of them I didn't mind killing but I felt kind of bad for the butteflies, dragonfly, and the mantid
    @lil, I have some pointed like that check out the photo of the order Diptera
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    Ahhh, there they are. I didn't see them at first. I just saw the ladybug and went steaming on ahead.
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    I want to collect tropical butterflies so bad but they only sell the mounted ones!

    Very nice collection! I wish you luck in finding your seed-feeders and another parasite! Just an idea, but maybe if you go on a hike through some tall weeds looking for the seed feeder and then go home and look on your head you could find some ticks... That would kill two insects with one pin! (Har har)

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    well I need an insect parasite not a vertebrate parasite, but i have a good idea of where to look for my seed feeder
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