Moth Collecting May Soon Be Frowned Upon

Paul Cherubini monarch at
Thu Sep 10 23:10:49 EDT 2009

Used to be that Moth collectors, unlike Butterfly
collectors, could freely and openly collect 
without some people protesting their activities
as "barbaric", etc.   But that may be changing
in politically liberal regions as evidenced by the fact 
the Toronto Entomologists Association already 
has a Catch & Release policy in regard to moths.
[DPLEX-L:37291] Re: glassine envelopes
Thursday, September 10, 2009 7:15 PM

From: "Carolyn King" <cking at>
To: dplex-l at

I think the glassine envelopes are sold because they
are considered the best thing to hold dead specimens.
I don't think that entomology companies expect 
anyone to store live specimens.  Traditionally, 
entomologists killed everything.  On the first Moth 
Night I went to (many years ago), all the moths 
were killed and laid out to be identified.  I was 
shocked.  Today our Moth Nights are strictly 

Carolyn King 
Toronto Entomologists' Association


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