Re: [beemonitoring] The Tweezer That Makes a Difference
The site I listed in the original post (TDI) had several models, the one I indicated is so nicely designed that it will work on 1mm specimens if you pick them up by the wing but even legs work a high percentage of the time. The also have pointed ones including ones with replacable tips that could be machined into different shapes.
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From: Doug Yanega <dyanega@...> To: email@example.com Date: 04/27/2009 05:02 PM Subject: Re: [beemonitoring] The Tweezer That Makes a Difference Sent by: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctors use these too.
The nice thing about RAT is that they exert only the defined
design force, and no more. Someone heavy handed or w coffee
jitters could damage a specimen with Tweezers, now and then.
RATweezers make this far less likely, & reduce carpel tunnel.
Try med sup co's.
The only pair of RATs I've ever seen (and I still have them - I was given them as a child for my stamp-collecting hobby) would utterly crush any insect specimens. I presume you're saying that there are some designs which exert only a very minimal force on anything between their tips? Do they have any such designs with fine tips that might be suitable for specimens of 1mm or so? If that's the case, then maybe if someone finds such a design for sale somewhere, it might be good to share the info.
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
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>The only pair of RATs I've ever seen (and I still have them - I was
given them as a child for my stamp-collecting hobby) would utterly
crush any insect specimens. I presume you're saying that there are
some designs which exert only a very minimal force on anything
between their tips?
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology
Doug? They cost more to begin with.
Just take your any-RAT's and w needlenose, and maybe a vise,
"adjust" the tension. TRY to keep your wrist rotation of the
needlenose, "square" with the tweezers.