Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Spreading Dragonflies

Part of what I love about insect collections is the look of all the insects crammed together inside a fancy box.  Over time, I came to realize that I prefer for my specimens to be as lifelike as possible, so this is a common sight at my home:

dragonfly spreading

Dragonflies on spreading board

Most dragonfly collections consist of envelopes containing dragonflies with their wings folded up over their backs so they take up as little space as possible.  I want to be able to SEE my dragonflies, remember what they looked like when they were alive, so I pin and spread mine instead and let them take as much space as they want.  Yep, I’m a rebel.  :)

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