fixing greasy specimens

Gary Anweiler gganweiler at
Sat Jan 31 00:43:00 EST 2009

I think any good degreaser that does not leave a residue would work.  I use 
white gas sold for Coleman camp stoves.

One thing that really helps is to blow-dry the bug  (gently!!) once it is 
degreased as the scales may 'mat' from being degreased or wetted, especially 
moths which tend to be much thicker or heavier scaled. Practice on something 
you don't mind losing!

And lest I forget,  the standard caveat - use in well ventilated areas and 
not near an open flame - or it could get overly exciting!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stan Gorodenski" <stanlep at>
To: <LEPS-L at>
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 9:21 PM
Subject: Re: fixing greasy specimens

> What about Xylene? I have heard about this for many decades and always 
> thought that was the "standard answer."  This is the first time I have 
> heard of acetone and knowing about acetone I would be very reluctant to 
> use it. Can you enlighten me more about it?
> Stan
> Hugh McGuinness wrote:
>> The standard answer is to let your specimen sit (pin and all) completely 
>> immersed in an acetone bath for 24 hours. If that doesn't remove all the 
>> oil immerse for longer.
>> Hugh
>>  Hugh McGuinness
>> The Ross School
>> 18 Goodfriend Drive
>> East Hampton, NY 11937
>> hmcguinness at <mailto:hmcguinness at>
>> On Jan 29, 2009, at 2:30 PM, The Arthurs wrote:
>>> Hi, everybody. Back in October, I caught a nice male Anteos clorinde in 
>>> Texas. He was apparently overweight, because fatty grease oozed out of 
>>> his abdomen and soaked a portion of his right hindwing. Does anybody 
>>> know how I could fix my clorinde? Thanks.     -- Noah Arthur
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