Has there been times that something could have been done an easier way than the way you are doing it? Have researchers used new methods to answer scientific questions? The image above is a photo of a glued bee specimen on the left and a pinned one on the right. Traditionally, insects are pinned on the right side of the thorax (right) because specimens stay in place and even with the right side of the thorax damaged, the left side is still intact for identifying characteristics. I learned that bee specimens can also to be glued to pins (left). The purpose of gluing specimens rather then putting a pin through their thorax is because it does not damage it. It also leaves all the parts of the insect undamaged and gives entomologists a different angle to view the insect. I found it easier to view the characteristics of the it when it was glued on its ventral side as shown above because it require less focusing and positioning to view it under the microscope. Gluing insects is a controversial method of pinning because insects could fall off pins over time of glue does not last. From my experience, too much glue could get legs or wings struck together if not careful. Overall, gluing them requires more of a steady hand, and requires more time to make sure the glue does not attach to a wing or leg. With smaller specimens a microscope is needed to see where you are putting the pin. Putting one through the thorax requires just a good eye to make sure the pin goes in the right side of thorax. This is done just with your naked eye. Both methods have their pros and cons, but as long as the specimen is identifiable it makes no difference how the specimen is pinned.

Written by Jacob Villalpando
I am currently working towards finding my undergraduate degree. My hobbies include hiking, wildlife monitoring, video games, and spending time with friends any family.