Earlier this morning, we found a very large and cool-looking beetle in our pool skimmer. It appeared to be dead, but perfectly in intact, so I held on to it (much to my mom’s and sister’s horror) in the hopes of identifying and keeping it in some kind of little display or something. It’s a very pretty June Beetle, so my guide tells me. I’ve never seen any around here before.
So, I ask anyone into entomology–professional or amateur–is there anything special to do to preserve and display insects like this? I mean, I’ve seen little bug carcasses elsewhere in little nooks and crannies of the house, and they don’t seem to do anything but collect dust, but I just want to make sure. What’s the best way to keep them? In a kind of cotton-lined box with a glass top, like I see in various museums and other collections?
Granted, though, as of the time of this writing, I can’t apply any preservation/display advice for the June Beetle… I just opened up the little holding box he’s in and he appears to be moving somewhat. I suppose I could finish him off with some soapy water or something, but then I’d feel bad for killing it. I’ll probably just hold on to him until he’s fully up and running, then release him back outside, saving your tips for the next opportunity that comes my way. Unless June Beetles are considered plant-devouring pests, in which case I’ll have no qualms about killing yet another critter that’s trying to eat our house and everything else in and around it…
But yeah. Preservation and display. What say you?