gganweiler at aol.com
Sat Nov 15 00:59:04 EST 1997
I think it goes something like - first you get the excreting done - then you
flushes. i.e. Disolving the grease or liquifying it IN the specimen may
promote it wicking along the scaled wings. And leaves it there when the
solvent evaporates. If you submerge the specimen in the solvent, it washes
the grease off (dilutes it to very low percentage) with insignificant
quantities remaining once the solvent has evaporated and so a "clean" or
Incidentally, I use white gas (camp stove fuel) with reasonably good results.
This sometimes results in some matting of the fringes, but with a bit of
gentle brushing much of this can be freed, should it bother you.
A n aside: I have been using pheromone funnel traps for sesid moth, filling
the body of the trap about half way with 99% isoproply alcohol. This kills
the specimens and when they are removed and the alcohol evaporates it leaves
excellent specimens. The one drawback is if they are in the alcohol for too
long they do become quite dehydrated and brittle.
And use caution when handling ANY of these solvents - they are volatile,
flammable and not good in your body.
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