Born and raised in South Dakota, lived and worked almost 20 years in
southern California, and now living in Berlin.
Instructions for mailing arachnological specimens:
To preserve spiders, drop them into alcohol. To make things go faster, you
may prefer to prechill the alcohol (or first use an entomological killing jar).
You can use diluted isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) or ethanol (denatured alcohol).
Specimens can be stored (away from bright light) for long periods of time in
alcohol, but it should be diluted to a 65-75% concentration with water; high-proof
drinking alcohol can also be used in a pinch.
Specimens are generally stored and transported in small vials. Before storing
or shipping, the following specimen information should be written in pencil on
a tiny slip of paper and placed into the vial:
- collection date
- collection location (state, county, and/or locality)
- BG image number (number of first habitus image uploaded to BG, if possible)
- any other pertinant information ("under bark", etc.)
Do not use ink (other than India ink), as most inks will bleed in contact with
alcohol and water. More than one specimen in a vial is okay if BG habitus images
City, state, country:
Amateur musician, translator, and former television art director.
I am no longer involved in arachnological activities, but do enjoy receiving the automatic page update notifications here and appreciate the efforts of those of you who are active here.