Thread subject: :: Pinning flies and wasps and some curious questions.

Posted by Martin Cooper on 03-05-2012 22:53

Hello Dipterists,

Just a quick post to say how useful I have found this thread. So far I've just examined flies that have died and fallen to the floor of my conservatory. However they are fragile and hard to manipulate to check features against the keys. So I'm thinking that maybe I should join the mainstream and start pinning fresh specimens. On the basis of this thread and Chris Rapers excellent article at http://chrisraper...rating.htm I have placed an order for pins, plastazote and forceps with Watkins and Doncaster, along with a drilled pinning block to standardise the positioning on the pins, although I have only the haziest idea of how to use this. Thanks to for providing such a valuable resource!