Curation

Profiling the pinned collection

As I mentioned a few days ago, we spent a week last spring — almost exactly a year ago, actually — profiling our holdings of pinned insects, using a system modified from McGinley (1989, 1993). This process, pulling out each drawer, evaluating the condition of its contents, and then publishing our conclusions, was one of our 2010 New Year’s resolutions. We did end up profiling the pinned material but failed to publicly avail the results! So here they are. Note…

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Desired taxa

Taxon wish list: Limacodidae (Lepidoptera)

Well, it might be too late for this year’s class, but we desperately need adult Limacodidae (Lepidoptera) for the teaching collection – we have only one un-spread, atypical specimen. I’ve pulled these small to medium sized moths from sheets bathed in the bluish tinge of Hg-vapor and from incandescent lights against my house. They often adopt relatively bizarre postures that involve headstands, curved abdomens, and one position that can only be described as a frozen «push-up.» Look for colors that…

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Curation

ENT 502 collection exemplars

We’re in the process of imaging some of the student collections from last semester’s iteration of ENT 502. This is the foundational entomology class for graduate students, Insect Biodiversity and Evolution, which requires a fairly substantial collection as part of the grade. Students have written multiple times in their evaluations how useful it’d be to see collections from previous classes: the ranges of specimen numbers, morphospecies numbers, curation levels, labeling schemes, etc. What does a great collection look like? What…

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