How to easily repair butterfly specimens

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A detached abdomen(rough post handling)
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A detached abdomen(rough post handling)
Detached abdomen or antenna? This is rare but can happen due to rough post handling. Packing of set/mounted specimens is done with great care at Unique Butterflies but things do happen with post in transit. This can be easily and simply fixed.
Cradle of pins to rest abdomen on
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Cradle of pins to rest abdomen on

After pinning damaged specimen to foam board make a simple pin cradle to rest the detached abdomen in.
Attaching abdomen to thorax
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Attaching abdomen to thorax

Add clear nail polish to the end of the abdomen, allow to go a bit tacky, and move on to pin cradle and towards the thorax(pinned specimen body) with flat stamp tweezers.
Abdomen now attached with clear nail polish glue
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Abdomen now attached with clear nail polish glue

Great job!.......the abdomen is now in line with the thorax, to easy. Leave to set.(1 hour is ample time) The same procedure can be used on attaching antenna. Just use a tiny drop of clear nail polish, allow to go tacky and simply stick back on. Use a pin sometimes to rest the setting antenna on until dry.
Adding nail polish for added strength
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Adding nail polish for added strength

You can add a drop of clear nail polish with the brush to strengthen this joint if you intend to post this specimen on to clients etc. Not required if for display cabinet or frame.......Happy collecting, repairing, identifying etc. Please support breeding systems and farming of insects to ensure sustainable futures for these magnificent  creatures.
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