Kenelm Philip fnkwp at
Fri Jan 11 02:17:37 EST 2002

	Greasy specimens can be cleaned by total immersion in a number of
solvents. Ethyl acetate will work, but so will white gasoline. Immersion
times can run from an hour or so to a few days--and a second immersion for
a short time in a clean batch of solvent may help. Immersion and removal
must be done with care, so that surface tension does not break the wings.
After removing, use a hair dryer on low to 'fluff out' any fringes.

	Needless to say, an open container of gasoline in one's lab is not
exactly safe, so you should do this outdoors (temperature permitting), or
in a relatively fireproof enclosure.

							Ken Philip
fnkwp at


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