Vulture culture, corsetry, other peoples art, my art, animals and other pretty things.
That’s the thing.
There are no cut and dry rules with this.
Like sure, you have to be aware of your local laws, and sure there are things that work best such as when it comes to maceration and tanning and such.
But its still very individual.
There are people who collect animal remains who are vegan
there are some who are vegetarian
Lots are students
Some are young and some are older
there are people who practise witchcraft
and I’m sure various other religious or spiritual beliefs
we are all individuals and we do things differently.
So if you have a personal rule that you do not kill animals for your collection or for sale, then that’s cool. That is your rule.
If, like myself, you are ok with hunting for pelts, bones etc, under certain conditions then that is also cool. It is a personal preference.
This is a learning experience for all of us, and it is really interesting to learn how others do things.
Please just try to be at least polite to each other.
i do not kill insects so i am not the best person to ask.
Why on earth would you kill insects? The same rules should apply with collecting insects as it does with bones, in my humble opinion. Take only what you find already dead and even then leave a little for the forest.
As an entomologist, I feel like I should chime in here. Killing insects is not necessarily unethical from an environmental standpoint. Many of the insects that you might encounter on a typical day in the United States are actually introduced species. House flies, fruit flies, three out of four common cockroaches, house crickets, bed bugs, fleas, imported red fire ants, carpenter ants (western US only)—and that’s not including any of the NUMEROUS exotic agricultural pests, some of which are actually quite beautiful (eg. strawberry crown borer, Japanese beetle, cabbage white, gypsy moth).
Even seemingly innocuous insects like your friendly-neighborhood-Asian lady beetle are causing terrible environmental damage by decimating native coccinellid species. In Oregon our native nine-spotted lady beetle used to be a common sight; I haven’t seen one for nearly twenty years, and I have been looking.
However, there are very good reasons to collect native species of insects. Many places (especially western US states) have little to no historical record of what insects occur in the area. Most insects—particularly the smaller species—can only be identified once dead, as the key characteristics can be as minute as the number of hairs on their face. I strongly encourage you to take down the specific coordinates you are collecting at (you can get those off of a GPS unit, a smartphone or retroactively via Google Maps) and keep note of the date you collected on as well. Having the locale and date is what gives your specimen scientific value, and can let you contribute to the understanding of entomology in your local area.
A good rule of thumb to responsibly collecting native insects is similar to what botanists use—take no more than 5% of what you personally observe, and don’t collect in the same location from year to year. It is my opinion that one should not collect native insects for commercial purposes unless they are very common (eg. periodic cicada, swarming mayflies, mosquitoes, gnats, blackflies), or are being killed anyway (eg. carpenter bees, termites, agricultural pests). And, obviously, know what the rare and endangered insects are in your area and don’t collect them at all.
With some research, you can make informed decisions about which insects you do and don’t want to collect!
To answer the question: because insects are cold-blooded, cool temperatures cause them to loose consciousness and enter a hibernation-like state before dying. This is widely considered to be the most humane way to euthanize invertebrates in general, and is the method used by AZA-accredited zoos. Kill jars should only be used if you are not collecting near your home base; I recommend cotton balls slightly damp with acetone or alcohol; both result in a quicker death than ethyl acetate (a dangerous neurotoxin which is the current standard in entomology), and are more humane that letting the insect die in a jar.
Good luck with your collection!
Yes! This is a fantastic and educated response! I felt like I couldn’t go into detail on specifics because I live in NZ, so I know very little about invertebrates in the US, Canada, or the UK which is where it seems most of Vulture Culture are based.
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