Dissection - Index

Here you will find information to help you get started on this fascinating topic. It includes a simplified step-by-step guide covering techniques, photography and equipment.

Chemicals Required
Potassium Hydroxide, 10% solution*
Purified Water (from chemists such as Boots)
Euparal Essence*
Iso Propyl Alcohol*
* available from Anglian Lepidopterist Supplies

Specimen Preparation
Most examinations will involve dried specimens, in which case the abdomen should be carefully lifted until it detaches from the thorax. In some cases the hingwings may show signs of moving; stop and carefully place a drop of wood glue over the thorax and let this dry before attempting to detach the abdomen. With fresh specimens, where the example is not being retained, use fine forceps to detach the abdomen.




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