diy insect jar || how to preserve insects in hand sanitizer



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Hey, lovelies!
This is how I make my little floating insect jars!
More information below

Please note that all my specimens were found already dead! Please do not kill anything for this diy! Also note that you cannot use fresh specimens for this diy. It either must be dried first or previously preserved in alcohol.

These little jars are perfect for educational purposes as they can be handled and examined without worry of damage unlike more delicate dried specimens. (Makes them great for kids!) There are a few further steps you can take with your jar as well such as getting rid of bubbles and sealing the jar.

To get rid of bubbles, fill a saucepan with about 1 inch of water, place the jar upright in the pan without the cork on. Bring the water to a gentle simmer, do not let the jar fall over, do not let hand sanitizer come into contact with burner or flames as hand sanitizer contains alcohol (IT WILL BURST INTO FLAMES). Simmer for 10-15 minutes until bubbles are gone.

To seal the jar, you can use superglue on the edges of the cork.

*I do not generally recommend using this method for insects of the lepidoptera order (moths & butterflies), those are usually better pinned*

Feel free to ask any questions below! I will try to answer them to the best of my ability

Sincerely,
Reese.

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