Wow! What a range of answers from all so far but the concensus is to use
0-3 pins only and if smaller, to glue on the side of a #3 pin. This sure
is different from what I was taught 30 years ago as we were told to only
glue insects to pins if they were in the Diptera order.
For those that said small pins less than #0 were too hard to spin or
bend too easily, yes, I'm aware of those hideous cork board boxes
especially utilised in the shipping world but even then, I've always
used one of those pinning pliers with the cross-hatched faces. All my
shmitt boxes and the ones I have access to at the Royal BC Museum all
have nice ethafoam for ease of pin placement.
This reminds me of a story when I was sent in the field for a 14 day
solo trip in northern Saskatchewan (Athabasca Sand Dunes), and I had run
out of shmitt boxes so I made some out of cardboard. Anyways, I caught
way, way more insects in my traps than I had anticipated and seeing that
I didn't have enough alcohol vials, I pinned everything but couldn't put
the smaller pins into corrugated cardboard very well. I had also forgot
to bring my pinning pliers so I ended up using my Swiss Army knife
pliers for thousands of specimens into my cardboard boxes. Luckily the
sky never went completely dark and I did have a large enough tent to
hunker down in at "night" and during times of foul weather to perform
all this work. One had to have this to keep the mosquitoes away as they
were wicked at that time of the year.
I think I'll continue with using the appropriate size pins for the
specimens being pinned and deal with the consequences should I ever get
to loan out my specimens further afield other than here in B.C.
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