Relaxing and setting hesperiidae specimens

Andrew Torry A.P.K.Torry at
Mon May 3 16:46:22 EDT 2010

Hi Folks, I need some advice.

I recently came back home from a collecting trip in Cyprus and took a 
short series
of Gegenes pumilio (Pygmy Skipper). The specimens were kept frozen 
whilst on Cyprus
and were only defrosted for the journey home.

I have discovered that of all the specimens I collected these are 
completely unsettable. The wings
seem to be absolutely locked in the closed position and any attempt to 
relax them and spread them
result in a destroyed specimen (The hind wing usually splits along a 
vein the moment it is moved).

Anyone any ideas on how to get these thing set!


Andrew Torry


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