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Insect Pins

Super sharp insect pins for mounting bugs-10 sizes for bees, beetles, butterflies in black enamel or stainless steel from $5.00; quantity discounts.

These pins are good for more than entomology, be sure to check out our blog post on 10 Things You Can do with Insect PinsThe thinnest ones (000, 00, 0) are thinner than acupuncture needles & can even be used as  electrodes in neuroscience.

Click on the More Info tab below for exact sizes of pins in both mm, inches & with the nearest American Wire Gauge sizes. click on the Technical tab below for the USDA guide to insect collection.

 

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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #000
    SKU: 33414-000 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #00
    SKU: 33414-00 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #0
    SKU: 33414-0 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #1
    SKU: 33414-1 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #2
    SKU: 33414-2 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #3
    SKU: 33414-3 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #4
    SKU: 33414-4 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #5
    SKU: 33414-5 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #6
    SKU: 33414-6 $5.00USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel Insect Pin #7
    SKU: 33414-7 $5.75USD or lower
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  • Black Enamel 10 Size Pin Sampler
    SKU: 33414-All $6.95USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #000
    SKU: 33415-000 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #00
    SKU: 33415-00 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #0
    SKU: 33415-0 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #1
    SKU: 33415-1 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #2
    SKU: 33415-2 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #3
    SKU: 33415-3 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #4
    SKU: 33415-4 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #5
    SKU: 33415-5 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #6
    SKU: 33415-6 $6.75USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel Insect Pin #7
    SKU: 33415-7 $7.95USD or lower
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  • Stainless Steel 10 Size Pin Sampler
    SKU: 33415-All $8.95USD or lower
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Black enamel or stainless steel?. They are identical in sharpness, diameter & length but there are important differences.

The black enamel ones are made from spring steel & are coated with a rust resistant lacquer after they have been cut. For soft bodied insects this should be fine, especially for student use or if you are using them to ream out holes & then dispose. They are not recommended for hard bodied insects since the coating can scratch off & the pin will rust eventually.

The stainless steel ones can be used for all insects & applications whether they are permanent collections of insects or textiles or any other material that you don't want to be disfigured by rust.

Pin # Dimensions Pin Head Wire Gauge(s)
000 38x0.25mm (1.5x0.01") 0.9mm 46, 47
00 38x0.30mm (1.5x0.012") 1.1-1.3mm 45, 46
0 38x0.35mm (1.5x0.014") 1.1-1.3mm 43, 44
1 38x0.40mm (1.5x0.016") 1.1-1.3mm 42
2 38x0.45mm (1.5x0.018") 1.1-1.3mm 41
3 38x0.50mm (1.5x0.02") 1.1-1.3mm 40
4 38x0.55mm (1.5x0.022") 1.1-1.3mm 39, 40
5 38x0.60mm (1.5x0.024") 1.1-1.3mm 38-39
6 38x0.65mm (1.5x0.026") 1.5mm 37-38
7 50x0.70mm (2x0.028") 1.6mm 37

Check the Technical tab below for additional information on using insect pins-the USDA guide to insect pinning.

Insect pins are handy for making pinhole cameras but results are very dependent on the diameter of the pin.

Pinhole Image of Flower Courtesy Dan. P. Seattle, WA.

Here are some useful resources:

This is a detailed list of Insect Pheromones. For something completely different, enter some names into our 3D Molecular Model Builder. You can actually build the molecules but what is amazing is the range from very simple to very complex.

Check the  USDA Guide for Insect Pinning. It seems to be very complete both in terms of equipment needed & techniques for pinning just about any insect you might encounter.

In section 3.1 - Preparing Dry Specimens for Mounting, the guide discusses some basic insect preparation: 

"Any dry insect that is to be pinned must be relaxed.... a relaxing chamber usually will make this procedure much easier."

To this end, we offer a simple solution involving petri dishes & filter paper. All you need is to put some sort of support under the filter paper.