can anybody give me some tips on preserving large, softer insects such as macleys spectre stick insects and large mantids, with out having them shrivel up? will i have to kill them or can i let them die of old age?
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when I've done insects before I have put them in film canisters and put them in the freezer for a day. Next day, I thaw them and pin them out in the pose I want on a small piece of styrofoam. Then I pop the whole thing into a protected shelf of my freezer and forget about it for 4-6 months. When I am ready, I take it out of the freezer, remove the pins and put a coat of protectant sealer over it which also helps to keep the legs, antennea, etc. from falling off. If that happens, I just superglue them back in place. Its not a perfect science, but it has worked for me with insects and small shellfish.
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