Insect Pins

EntoSphinx insect pins, Czech quality made with Swedish steel; sizes 000-7. Large inventory of stainless & black enamel available for immediate shipment.

Don't know what you need? Try our 10 size sampler pack in either stainless steel or black enamel.

Indigo Instruments only supplies Entopshinx insect pins. They are made in the Czech Republic using high grade Swedish steel. Why run the risk of ruining a valuable specimen or fine textile just to save a dollar?

Black enamel or stainless steel? They are all super sharp & can be used on all sizes of insects and even textiles as fine as silk.&
The black enamel ones are made from spring steel & are coated with a rust resistant lacquer. They're fine for soft bodied insects, and cost effective for student use.

The stainless steel ones can be used for all insects & applications whether they are permanent collections of insects or textiles or any other material that you don't want disfigured by rust.

See the Technical section below for length & thickness of the different Insect Pin Sizes.

You Get What You Pay For!

Purchased some insect pins (that I will be using to mount some molted feathers from my pet bird) from Indigo. I’m really happy I was able to find a quality product that I can use to create my art. The product was superior to what I could find places like Amazon where the quality and origins are dubious at best....Read the full review on Google from Claire St. Hilaire.

 

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Black Enamel Insect Pin #000

Black Enamel Insect Pin #000

SKU: 33414-000
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #00

Black Enamel Insect Pin #00

SKU: 33414-00
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #0

Black Enamel Insect Pin #0

SKU: 33414-0
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #1

Black Enamel Insect Pin #1

SKU: 33414-1
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #2

Black Enamel Insect Pin #2

SKU: 33414-2
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #3

Black Enamel Insect Pin #3

SKU: 33414-3
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #4

Black Enamel Insect Pin #4

SKU: 33414-4
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #5

Black Enamel Insect Pin #5

SKU: 33414-5
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #6

Black Enamel Insect Pin #6

SKU: 33414-6
$6.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #7

Black Enamel Insect Pin #7

SKU: 33414-7
$7.95USD or lower Each
Black Enamel 10 Size Pin Pack

Black Enamel 10 Size Pin Pack

SKU: 33414-All
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #00

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #00

SKU: 33415-00
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #0

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #0

SKU: 33415-0
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #1

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #1

SKU: 33415-1
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #2

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #2

SKU: 33415-2
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #3

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #3

SKU: 33415-3
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #4

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #4

SKU: 33415-4
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #5

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #5

SKU: 33415-5
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #6

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #6

SKU: 33415-6
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #7

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #7

SKU: 33415-7
$8.25USD or lower Each
10 Insect Pin Variety Pack

10 Insect Pin Variety Pack

SKU: 33415-All
$8.95USD or lower Each
12x0.15mm Minutens Insect Pins

12x0.15mm Minutens Insect Pins

SKU: 33416-15
$24.95USD or lower Each
12x0.20mm Minutens Insect Pins

12x0.20mm Minutens Insect Pins

SKU: 33416-20
$23.95USD or lower Each
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What More of Our Customers Say About Us...

In Google Reviews. Some are exerpts, but you can read the entire review if you click on the person's name.

Keith Uloth:
Ordered insect pinning equipment with no issues. Their website was easy to navigate and the process was quick without any delays or window reloading.
My order was shipped and received quicker than expected. I will order from them again.

Alison Bell:
Ordered a sample pack of insect pins for making pinhole cameras. Wonderful selection and super-fast shipment even in a pandemic. They work really well for the purpose. I use the pin size below the size of the hole I want and have gotten …

Leyla Cardenas:
Online customer here, from overseas.. I bought insect pins because they are impossible to get here. Great products, very reliable business, Everything arrived in great condition.

Mary Claire Becker:
I have been using Indigo Instruments entomology pins in my artwork for almost ten years now, and at this point they have been an integral part of multiple framed works as well as four different large-scale sculptural paper installations. Basically—huge thanks to Indigo Instruments for being a big part of my studio practice! Insect pins are super sharp & have many uses pins in arts, crafts, hobbies.

Laura Sudweeks:
Ordered 100 magnifying glasses for a marketing project. First I started on Amazon, but they only allowed me to order 10 at a time. That was a waste of my time and a complete pain. Some of the orders were canceled because they couldn't …

Jeanne Paquette:
Indigo Instruments has been a reliable source of affordable hand lenses for beginners in our earth sciences courses at McGill University. We tried other suppliers after coming across the occasional defective items (unavoidable in mass manufacturing). However, Indigo Instruments offers us the best quality:price ratio and attentive service among the many options we tried.
 

Some Insect Pin Related Blogs:

The 10 Size Sample Pack comes with 10 pins of all 10 sizes and best pin size for focal length recommendations.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) involves the use of pheromone traps. Many of these insect attractants can be found in this extensive list of insect pheromones. Those with a chemistry background may find viewing these structures with our 3D Molecular Model Builder useful for teaching organic stereochemistry in the context of evolution.
 

Technical

Sizes 000, 00, 0, are thinner than acupuncture needles & can even be used as electrodes in neuroscience. The sizes of all our insect pins are listed below.

 
Pin # Dimensions Pin Head Wire Gauge(s)
000 38x0.25mm (1.5x0.01") 0.9mm 46, 47
00 38x0.30mm (1.5x0.012") 1.1-1.3mm 45, 46
0 38x0.35mm (1.5x0.014") 1.1-1.3mm 43, 44
1 38x0.40mm (1.5x0.016") 1.1-1.3mm 42
2 38x0.45mm (1.5x0.018") 1.1-1.3mm 41
3 38x0.50mm (1.5x0.02") 1.1-1.3mm 40
4 38x0.55mm (1.5x0.022") 1.1-1.3mm 39, 40
5 38x0.60mm (1.5x0.024") 1.1-1.3mm 38-39
6 38x0.65mm (1.5x0.026") 1.5mm 37-38
7 50x0.70mm (2x0.028") 1.6mm 37

Note: 25mm=~1". So 38mm=~1.5"; 50mm= ~2"; 1/64"=0.015".

Here is a very complete Guide to Arthropods. It describes life cycles, techniques and more.

Instructions/Safety

Insect Pinning Techniques

There are many on-line sources & books that describe various insect pinning techniques. Here is just one: Best Practices in Pinning Insects

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Insect Pins

The most popular sizes for pinning insects are #2 & #3. Smaller sizes are useful for fine textiles like silk & satin. Thicker pins, like 6 & 7 are good for heavier materials.