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Weird Science: Pinning Bugs

Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dr. V and Taizo visit the team at the Navy Environmental & Preventive Medicine Unit at Pearl Harbor.  They have collection of thousands of insects that they use to identify and study other insects found in Hawaii.

Dr. V Show:  Pinning BUGS

 Things you will need:

  • Insects
  • Pins with small heads
  • Cardboard or Styrofoam sheet
  • Paper

 The Experiment:

Please do this and all other experiments with the help of an adult. A net is a good way to capture your insect without damaging it. Then put it in the freezer for a day or to kill it, that way you won't have to squish it. Insects will preserve themselves as long as they're kept relatively dry and away from other bugs. Pin the insects in the thorax, the section between the head and the abdomen. Make sure to keep the insect body perpendicular to the pin and not tilted, so you can view it properly. If your specimen (insect) is wide enough, like a beetle, try pinning it to one side in the thorax so that you preserve the other side of the insect intact, or undamaged.  Make a small label that is about the same size as your insect and pin this under your specimen. Then push the pin into your cardboard or Styrofoam sheet. If you would really like to protect your insects, attach your sheet to a wooden box or frame with a glass cover for viewing. You should include the following information on your label:

Where it was captured: Country: State: County

The Date it was captured

Who captured it

How it was captured (net, trap, etc.)

 

 Why do people collect insects?

People like to study insects because there are so many different varieties of them. The team at the Navy Environmental & Preventive Medicine Unit at Pearl Harbor has a collection of thousands of insects that they use to identify and study other insects found in Hawaii. This helps them to determine how to manage or control insects and take care of any pest problems. You can learn more about them at their entomology (study of insects) site at www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd/nepmu6/pages/entomology.html.

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