Insect Pins

Super sharp insect pins sizes 000-7; Made by Czechs with Swedish steel.  Quality guaranteed for bug collections, crafts, textiles, puppetry, pinhole photography.   

Check out our blog: 10 Things You Can do with Insect Pins. 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.

 

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Black Enamel Insect Pin #000

Black Enamel Insect Pin #000

SKU: 33414-000
$5.00USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #00

Black Enamel Insect Pin #00

SKU: 33414-00
$5.00USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #0

Black Enamel Insect Pin #0

SKU: 33414-0
$5.00USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #1

Black Enamel Insect Pin #1

SKU: 33414-1
$5.00USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #2

Black Enamel Insect Pin #2

SKU: 33414-2
$5.00USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #3

Black Enamel Insect Pin #3

SKU: 33414-3
$5.00USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #4

Black Enamel Insect Pin #4

SKU: 33414-4
$5.00USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #5

Black Enamel Insect Pin #5

SKU: 33414-5
$5.00USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #6

Black Enamel Insect Pin #6

SKU: 33414-6
$5.50USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #7

Black Enamel Insect Pin #7

SKU: 33414-7
$5.95USD or lower Each
Black Enamel 10 Size Pin Pack

Black Enamel 10 Size Pin Pack

SKU: 33414-All
$5.00USD Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin 000

Stainless Steel Insect Pin 000

SKU: 33415-000
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #00

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #00

SKU: 33415-00
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #0

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #0

SKU: 33415-0
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #1

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #1

SKU: 33415-1
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #2

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #2

SKU: 33415-2
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #3

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #3

SKU: 33415-3
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #4

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #4

SKU: 33415-4
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #5

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #5

SKU: 33415-5
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #6

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #6

SKU: 33415-6
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #7

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #7

SKU: 33415-7
$7.95USD or lower Each
10 Insect Pin Variety Pack

10 Insect Pin Variety Pack

SKU: 33415-All
$8.95USD Each
More Information

Black enamel or stainless steel? They are identical in sharpness, diameter & length but there are important differences.

The black enamel ones are made from spring steel & are coated with a rust resistant lacquer after they have been cut. For soft bodied insects this should be fine, especially for student use or if you are using them to ream out holes & then dispose. They are not recommended for hard bodied insects since the coating can scratch off & the pin will rust eventually.

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 to be disfigured by rust.

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.

 

Technical

An excerpt from the USDA Guide for Insect Pinning (no longer on-line) had these suggestions:

In section 3.1 - Preparing Dry Specimens for Mounting, the guide discusses some basic insect preparation:

"Any dry insect that is to be pinned must be relaxed.... a relaxing chamber usually will make this procedure much easier."

To this end, we offer a simple solution involving petri dishes & filter paper. All you need is to put some sort of support under the filter paper.

Insect Filter Paper Petri Dish

 

Instructions/Safety

Insect pins are handy for making pinhole cameras but results are very dependent on the diameter of the pin.

Pinhole Image of Flower Courtesy Dan. P. Seattle, WA.