Processing new insect specimens into the entomology collection.
Insect specimens are collected in the field using different types of techniques e.g. malaise trapping and sweep netting. The traps are emptied twice a day and the material collected is sorted according to sizes - big or small. Different-sized stainless steel insect pins are used to pin the specimens. Minuten pins are used for very small specimens and standard insect pins are for bigger specimens. The specimens pinned with minuten pins are then mounted onto foam strips and the strips are pinned with standard insect pin. The specimens are then labelled and given numbers so that they can be tracked in the collection rooms. The labels have information about where and when the specimens were collected and who collected them. They are then identified, and stored in foam-lined unit trays that are placed into wooden drawers. The drawers are then stored in the collection rooms. All the information from the labels is kept in an electronic database so the information can be easily accessed.