Mounting Moths and Butterflies

  • May 18, 2013 · 7:30 PM
  • Maryland Naturalist Center

We have all seen showy butterflies in display cases at nature centers, art galleries, on television shows and possibly even in your own house! While it might seem easy to just place a butterfly behind a frame, it requires careful positioning of the fragile wings to get the desired beauty and symmetry.

This workshop will give you the basic tools and instruction needed to spread butterflies and moths for collections and displays. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. Perfect for people who want to start their own insect collections!

Some moths will be provided but feel free to bring your own freshly dead or fresh-frozen material. The following supplies are included in the registration cost: 5 channel spreading board, 100 insect pins, ~20 minuten pins, and a fine point forceps.

Cost: $15/members, $25/non-members. Cash at the door. We currently cannot accept credit cards. Become a member that evening and get the member discount!

Minimum class size of 10 is required. Primarily for adults, but appropriate for children 7+ with a parent.


Instructor: Jim Young received his B.S. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (’02) and Ph.D. from The University of Georgia (’06). After his graduate work, Jim was an Extension Entomologist and Instructor at Oregon State University; he ran the Insect ID Clinic, taught graduate and undergraduate classes and provided training for the Master Gardner program. He is currently employed as an Entomologist Identifier for the U.S. Department of Agriculture here in Baltimore. His specialty is the moth family Gelechiidae (however he has an affinity for all moths). This past fall Jim took on the responsibility of being the curator of the Natural History Society of Maryland’s arthropod collection.


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  • Eleanor H.

    My spouse cannot attend. I hope someone else can take that spot

    May 17, 2013

  • Nona

    Looking forward to meeting new people and learning a new skill! Gearing up for Brood II.

    April 17, 2013

  • Jim Y.

    I need to get the order in for the supplies so the class size has been changed to the current number enrolled and a wait list has be added. If you are interested in taking the course please signup to the wait list and we may be able to get you in if an enrolled participant withdraws.

    April 14, 2013

  • Eleanor H.

    I plan to bring my spouse. She will not need a kit, but we will make a contribution.

    March 13, 2013

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