There are lots of sites out there that can tell you how to make a killing jar. If you need more information than what I give, please just google “how to make a killing jar” and you’ll get more information than you need. Here is what I did.
Large jar with lid. (that’s a no brainer)
Fingernail Polish Remover
You also need an insect. I am using this one.
1. Cut the cardboard to fit snuggly in the jar and punch a few holes in it.
2. Soak the cotton ball in the polish remover.
3. Place the cotton ball in the jar and then the cardboard on top.
4. If you were like me and didn’t think about the killing jar until you caught the wasp, then you will have to transfer the angry creature to the killing jar. It doesn’t want to go there, so you have to bang on the jar to make it fall in, and yell, “Get OUT of there stupid bug!” This makes your kids look at you funny. Then quickly place the lid on top.
Once he/she is in there, it looks at you and this is where we don’t talk about what it is really saying to you.
It took longer than I thought it would to kill this Hunter Wasp. I felt sorry for it. I might need therapy for this one.
Now that it is dead, I hope, it is time to pin it down. I have a special styrofoam block made just for this purpose. With #2 insect pins, I pin it down in a shape that I want, but not through the body.
The specimen was left on my kitchen counter for two days before pinning it to the board. The #2 pin was used to pin the specimen through the thorax. It wasn’t easy, but I persevered. Nothing oozed out of its body, just so you know.
Once you have him nicely pinned, you can take upclose pictures. Here he is looking at you and saying “I wish I wasn’t here”.
And here is a side view. Pretty neat!
This was done several days ago and he is still on that foam board waiting to be placed on a board. Next thing is to label with a very tiny piece of paper with the following information, date caught, exact location of abduction, name, legal name, first born, and ss#. The last two you don’t really have to put on there.
So now you can go forth, kill something, pin it, and admire it. I’ll be waiting to read all about it. 🙂