Wet Preservation

Dry preservation is not suitable for the adults of some insects and the larvae and nymphs of most insects as their bodies are soft and will easily decay. These are preserved in ethanol in containers with a tightly sealed lid. Any soft bodied arthropods can be treated in this way. Labels must be written with an alcohol-proof pen if specimens are to be kept in this manner.

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