Starting a Butterfly Collection

Keeping a butterfly and moth collection can provide many hours of enjoyment as well as expanding your knowledge of these fascinating insects. One of the most important things to remember when starting your collection is to maintain accurate records of all your specimens, including when and where the specimen was collected. By keeping this information on a data label that will stay with your specimen, you can provide valuable information for yourself and future researchers. Without a data label all you have is a "pretty bug" that holds no scientific value.

Below is a link on how to start a collection, including descriptions of what you will need, how to mount butterflies and moths, and how to properly store the specimens.

For a list of suppliers of insect collecting equipment such as nets, pins, Riker Mounts, Cornell Drawers, and many other items, check the "SUPPLIES" section of the DCLS website.