Insect Pins

Super sharp insect pins sizes 000-7; Made by Czechs with Swedish steel.  Quality guaranteed for bug collections, crafts, textiles, puppetry, pinhole photography.   

Check out our blog: 10 Things You Can do with Insect Pins. Sizes 000, 00, 0, are thinner than acupuncture needles & can even be used as electrodes in neuroscience.  The sizes of all our insect pins are listed below in More Info.

 

Urban agriculture is the new green space for community and backyard gardens as urban farms.

The objective of this research is to determine whether community gardens can locally increase beneficial insect populations, such as bees, in gardens as well as in the surrounding park habitat. Using pan traps, beneficial insects are being sampled in 12 parks, 6 with community gardens and 6 without, across New Mexico. Dr. Ashley Bennett, Extension IPM specialist, New Mexico State Univ.

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Black Enamel Insect Pin #000

Black Enamel Insect Pin #000

SKU: 33414-000
$5.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #00

Black Enamel Insect Pin #00

SKU: 33414-00
$5.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #0

Black Enamel Insect Pin #0

SKU: 33414-0
$5.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #1

Black Enamel Insect Pin #1

SKU: 33414-1
$5.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #2

Black Enamel Insect Pin #2

SKU: 33414-2
$5.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #3

Black Enamel Insect Pin #3

SKU: 33414-3
$5.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #4

Black Enamel Insect Pin #4

SKU: 33414-4
$5.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #5

Black Enamel Insect Pin #5

SKU: 33414-5
$5.25USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #6

Black Enamel Insect Pin #6

SKU: 33414-6
$5.95USD or lower Each
Black Enamel Insect Pin #7

Black Enamel Insect Pin #7

SKU: 33414-7
$5.95USD or lower Each
Black Enamel 10 Size Pin Pack

Black Enamel 10 Size Pin Pack

SKU: 33414-All
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin 000

Stainless Steel Insect Pin 000

SKU: 33415-000
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #00

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #00

SKU: 33415-00
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #0

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #0

SKU: 33415-0
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #1

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #1

SKU: 33415-1
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #2

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #2

SKU: 33415-2
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #3

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #3

SKU: 33415-3
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #4

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #4

SKU: 33415-4
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #5

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #5

SKU: 33415-5
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #6

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #6

SKU: 33415-6
$6.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel Insect Pin #7

Stainless Steel Insect Pin #7

SKU: 33415-7
$7.95USD or lower Each
Stainless Steel 10 Sizes Pack

Stainless Steel 10 Sizes Pack

SKU: 33415-All
$8.95USD or lower Each
More Information

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

Note: 25mm=~1". So 38mm=~1.5"; 50mm= ~2"; 1/64"=0.015".

Here is a very complete Guide to Arthropods. It describes life cycles, techniques and more.

 

Technical

An excerpt from the USDA Guide for Insect Pinning (no longer on-line) had these suggestions:

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.

Insect Filter Paper Petri Dish

 

Instructions/Safety

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.