wizentrop Posted August 8, 2014 Report Share Posted August 8, 2014 A few months ago I received some dried beetles from LarvaHunter, among them was a beautiful Phileurus truncatus. Unfortunately, the pinned specimens shifted during shipping and arrived severely damaged.I should clarify that this is not a rant about LarvaHunter - he was very generous to send me those specimens completely free of charge, and I was very surprised and happy to receive them However, I did want to fix the broken beetles. One specimen had two broken legs and was easily put back together. On the other hand, the P. truncatus specimen suffered greater destruction, in which all tarsi got broken. I managed to locate almost all the broken pieces (all but a single claw). The fixing process is tedious, but it can really bring a damaged specimen back to life. Well, sort of..Before gluing back a specimen, you must be 100% sure which part fits where. You do not want to risk the scientific integrity of a specimen by attaching a limb to the wrong place, or by "adding" a segment where it does not belong (some beetles have a different number of tarsal segments on one pair of legs compared to the others). A good way of doing this is to closely examine other dried specimens of the same species, or if you do not have this species in your collection (like me) images are also a good source.The gluing itself is done using a pin and white paper glue, although any liquid glue will work (not superglue). I used furniture glue because that is what I had lying around.Using the pin, you take the tiniest drop of glue and put it on the broken area on the specimen. Then, with the same pin and another droplet of glue, you lift the broken part and carefully carry it to the attachment area. When the two glue droplets meet they adhere, and the broken part is in place. Now the hard part is to adjust it so it looks natural, this can be done by securing with other pins. Before: After: Just like new! As a side note I should say that I was very hasty at first and made a mistake, gluing a hind tarsus to a middle leg and vice versa.So I had to take it apart and start again. But I am happy with the result. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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