Category Archives: Insect Pins

Insect or entomology pins are used to mount insect specimens such as butterflies and beetles to create permanent collections for display in biology departments & museums.

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Pinhole Photography & Eye Evolution

Insect pins are versatile tools we explored previously in Insect Pins, Not Just for Bugs. In it, we briefly mentioned this blog’s topic on pinhole photography.  This technique provides  an interesting twist on how a simple biology tool helps demonstrate a physics principle which in turn explains an important step in eye evolution.
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Polly Gentry Heart Art: HeARTworks.

Heart Art with Insect Pins=HeARTwork!

Insect Pins+Heart Art=HeARTwork

Entomology is still the main reason our customers buy insect pins but many are artists who do visually stunning work. One of them, Polly Gentry, sent us some images of her heart art which she calls “HeARTwork” (no doubt a clever play on the words “hard work”.  See them below with Polly’s commentary.
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Bees-Rooftop and Garden Farming to the Rescue

Bees have been in the news frequently of late because of unexplained high mortality rates and their profound importance in the food chain. Without them, many of the agricultural products we take for granted would quickly disappear from menus everywhere.

There is some debate whether their distress and decline is due to pesticides or parasites but whatever the reason their impact on the agricultural economy merits investigation.

Dr. Ashley Bennett  of the University of New Mexico bought some insect pins from us for her bee collection and has kindly shared images and insights into her research which are presented below.
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