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Posted on 22-09-2010 11:45
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Hi,

I know people have different views on this topic and I don't want to start an argument! However, I have a few greasy specimens of tabanidae, asilidae, syrphidae, etc. which I thought I would try to "improve" by immersion in either of -

ethyl acetate, acetone or toluene ...

Some people advise acetone and it would seem regularly used with dragonflies, yet others dislike its use quite strongly.

Any thoughts?

Steve
 
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Posted on 22-09-2010 12:43
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I've always used ethyl acetate but acetone might be easier to obtain in shops. Do the anti-acetone people say why they don't like it? Does it leave a residue?
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No, impossible that aceton leaves a residue. I think it is pretty practible
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