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In the midst of the current 17-year cicada emergence here on the East Coast, the good folks over at Radiolab have posted an interview with entomologist Dr. Louis Sorkin, in which he describes how to collect and display insect specimens in shadowboxes (or cigar boxes if you want that DIY aesthetic).


Andrew Salomone

Andrew Salomone

Artist, writer, and teacher who makes work about popular culture, technology, and traditional craft processes.

  • Fazer Joe

    Nice way to collect insects and display them in a presentable way. But instead of killing insects by using ethanol or Isopropyl alcohol you could also use neem oil.
    This kills them in a much faster way by creating a hormonal imbalance in their bodies.