Question by  cjk1981 (13)

What is the best way to keep a dead dragonfly?

I am starting an insect collection for a science project and need to know how to keep them safe.


Answer by  worker6738 (55)

Dry the dragonfly properly by immersing them in acetone for about 8-10 hours. This will also preserve the colours (although they will fade slightly) Store the dragonfly in such as way as to keep them from being attacked by mites and other insects.


Answer by  Riley (765)

Remember dead insects are very brittle so be very careful. You will need to purchase some insect pins at a hobby store. First you need to dry out the insect. You can use a hair dryer for this. This is for mummification


Answer by  BrendaG (6111)

Put a pin through dragonfly by inserting it in abdomen behind plates that its wings are attached too. Pin it to something sturdy and position legs in normal position(pictures help). You may have to use pins on legs until it dries out. Dry the insect out thoroughly in an air-free container for a few days.

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