Biodiversity, conservation and preservation of habitat and wildlife, including insects, arachnids and other arthropods, are primary goals of INSECTA. Only by making surveys, inventories and bioassays may the quality and quantity of species in an area be determines and thus the health of an ecosystem evaluated and properly monitored over time. Yet current permitting practices for logging, strip mining, dragline operations, mountain top removal mining, and other commercial forms of exploitation of the environment ignore the necessity to make proper assay of small animals. Hence many species are threatened, endangered or becoming extinct before their presence, significance or benefits to society may even be known. INSECTA serves as an initiative to promote the collecting, identifying, cataloguing and researching of insects, arachnids and other arthropods that these vital organisms may become better known and their value to the ecosystem and humanity may be recognized.
There is a fee required for all environmental or related consultant services. You must make an initial application for consideration. Each project or case will be assessed and considered on an individual base. There is a $320.00 non-refundable retainer fee required; additional fees may be charged under contract. Please provide your name, street address, telephone number, email address and complete information related to any problems or projects when you make your initial payment. We will then contact you to make an assessment. Please note that if you need any professional help or advise as relates to museum displays, class projects, science projects, thesis, reports or other academic work, you must provide full payment upfront and agree to give credit in said for any environmental consulting services rendered so as to avoid any alleged claims of plegary in the future. Plus you must properly cite any articles, reports, photographs or other origianl material prepared, provided, authored, or otherwise produced by INSECTA, our agents or representatives. Thank you for using INSECTA.
INSECTA is now offering a course in Entomology 101. This is a college level course which may be taken on-line by anyone in the world who can speak and write in English. After successful completion of the course to the instructor's satisfaction graduates will receive an Entomology 101 Certificate. Click here to learn more and register for Entomology 101
INSECTA may help you identify insect and arthropod specimens as relates to projects for agriculture, forestry, commercial enterprises, land usage and reclamation, or other industrial developments. Please note we do not provide any medical services for people or pets, nor do we solicite any specimens which may contain organisms which may be pathogenic or contain live organisms. We only accept specimens preserved in 70% alcohol or other preservatives. If you have a personal medical issue or problem that may involve insect pests or pathogens you should consult your physicial and/or a pathologist.
Please use our Bioassay Form when submitting any insect or other arthropod specimens. Thank you for you donation.
INSECTA was founded by Terry Lynch, Biological Consultant & Naturalist, who is working to help preserve and protect forests, wetlands and natural habitats which are endangered by urbanization, logging, strip mining, mountain top removal, deforestation and other large-scale industrial development. Often the damage done to the ecosystem is not known because no one bothers to make an inventory, survey, comprehensive study, or bioassay with respect to the ecology inclusive of the insects, arachnids, or other arthropods and small animals that occur in an area. Hence many species are being lost before we even know anything about them. By collecting small insects and arthropods, one may establish a record that may be vital to future generations. Also this may help lead to the discovery of new and/or endangered species. Plus the occurrence of some insects like fireflies, or their disappearance, serves as an indicator of the quality of the environment. Your contribution to this effort by sending specimens and/or making a small donation would be appreciated.
INSECTA is now accepting specimens of small insects and arthropods for research purposes only that are preserved in 70% alcohol. All specimens submitted become the property of INSECTA and cannot be returned. INSECTA may photograph, image, identify or make other scientific or educational usage of specimens. INSECTA reserves the right to publish the name of the collector if specimens are used in a related report, article, or other publication. Specimens cannot be returned and may be donated to any natural history museum, university, archive and/or expert for identification, imaging, research, and/or any other purpose. Thank you for your contribution.
INSECTA uses specimens for research, identification and/or educational purposes only. INSECTA does NOT solicit any endangered or threatened species and does NOT engage in any commercial trade related to biological specimens. Users of INSECTA are instructed to present only small numbers of small insects or arthropods in 70% alcohol; hence, specimens do NOT contain any pathogens or live organisms whatsoever and are safe to ship, send through the mail. Please examine specimens to insure that these guidelines are met and delivered to INSECTA without delay. INSECTA operates in compliance with the USDA, US Fish & Wildlife, APHIS, CITES, and the LACEY Act which permit transfer of preserved insect specimens for research and/or identification purposes only.
Instructions: Collect no more than nine (9) small insects or arachnids (bugs) as you wish and preserve them in a small vial of 70% isopropyl alcohol. Print a label in pencil upon a small piece of white paper and place it inside the vial including city, state, date collected and your name. Then seal the vial and be sure it does not leak. Place the vial in a ziplock bag with paper towel or other absorbent tissue paper. Then package the vial in a small box, padded envelope with bubble wrap, or mailing tube and send it along with $30.00 (US Dollars) donation to: Terry Lynch, Biological Consultant & Naturalist, INSECTA.; 120 Anderson Street; Quitman, MS 39355-2748. Be sure to include the completed form below. Please print or type all information carefully so that it is accurate, correct and easy to read. Thank you! If you do not want to send cash you may use the PayPal button below to make secure payment.
___ Enclosed are specimens preserved in 70% isopropyl alcohol. I have enclosed a $30.00 (US Dollars) fee to support your work. Send specimens to: Terry Lynch, Biological Consultant & Naturalist; INSECTA, 120 Anderson Street; Quitman, MS 39355-2748. I understand that insect specimens cannot be returned and become the property of INSECTA. Thank you for your consideration and service.
___ A donation was made via PayPal. My receipt number is:______________________________________________________________________
Street Address: _____________________________________________________________________
State:_____________________________ Zip Code: ________________________________________
Telephone (Home):___________________________ Cell:_____________________________________
Name of plant or crop insect collected upon:__________________________________________________
Variety of plant (on seed packet or nursery label):_______________________________________________
Date/time collected: ____________________________________________________________________
Where were specimens collected: City:_________________________________________State: ________________
GPS coordinates (if known): Latitude:_________________________ Longitude:______________________________
Name of collector:______________________________________________________________________
Occupation of collector:__________________________________________________________________
Other information related to where specimens were found:______________________________________
Describe any problem you may have related to these insects:____________________________________
BioAssay Services is not responsible for receipt of damaged specimens. Users or INSECTA agree to release INSECTA, their agents, representatives and/or employees, of any and all liability whatsoever with respect to service, recommendations, and/or identification of insect pests; INSECTA is NOT responsible for the loss of property, real or imaged, and/or any hurt, harm, injury, real or imagined, that may come from or arise out of submission of specimens and/or usage of INSECTA. insect identification or other services. It is the responsibility of users to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, permits, fees or other acts with respect to shipping, mailing, or transport of specimens within or between states, territories or nations including codes with respect to endangered and/or threatened species; to properly and safely use and/or apply any insecticides or other pest control agents or measures in your home, garden, farm or on your property. Users of Bioassay Services should consult a local pest control operator or Agricultural Extension agent to treat your home, lawn, garden, farm, nursery, or other property for insect pests or infestations.
INSECTA: Specimens of small insects and arthropods may be collected and preserved in 70% isopropyl alcohol and submitted for research and educational purposes by home owners, gardeners, small farmers or anyone who is suffering an infestation of an unknown type of insect pest. Shown here is a three ounce glass specimen vial. Note that a label has been placed inside the vial. A 0.5mm Pentel mechanical pencil was used to write on the label and specify the date, place and name of the collector. Preserved specimens may then be sent for identification before money is wasted using the wrong or harmful, cancer causing insecticides or other improper pest control measures. Sometimes this even prevents killing of harmless insects or even beneficial species which may actually be helping to control other harmful insects.
How to submit specimens for BioAssay. Just collect no more than nine (9) small insects (like ants or aphids) in a small vial of 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol available in any grocery store or drug store). You may use a small glass vial to send insects; these can be ordered on ebay or from a supplier of specimen vials; you may also use any small vial that has a tight fitting lid such as a medicine vial or empty spice bottle. Simply collect as many insects as you wish. Us a small paint brush, feather or other instrument to collect the insect pest. You can even make a simple collection instrument by using a plastic soda straw and inserting a bird feather into the straw. Leave the end of the feather sticking out of the straw so that it may rake or brush insects from plants into the vial of alcohol.
When collecting small pest insects, like ants or aphids (plant lice), as for identification, please collect no more than nine (9) specimens of the same type per vial. Place in a vial and wrap tape around the vial cap to insure it does not leak; plastic electric tape works ideal for this purpose; you can also use Scotch tape, masking tape or even duct tape. Then wrap the vial in soft paper towel, tissue paper or other absorbent material and put it inside a ziplock bag. Then wrap with bubble wrap and place this inside a small box, bubble wrap type envelope, or mailing tube. Popcorn, newspaper or shredded paper also makes a good packing material. Be sure to place your return address on all specimen shipments and to ship to the correct address. Also you may want to include such alert messages as: FRAGILE, GLASS, HANDLE WITH CARE, on the package written with a large size black or red permanent marker. The post office or shipping agency can also stamp the package with alert messages. This will help insure that your package arrives in good condition.
Collect insects and put them in vials containing 70% isopropyl alcohol. Shown here are insects in small glass specimen vials. You may use any type of small vial that does not leak to submit insects. You can help prevent some vials from leaking by using a piece of plastic wrap (Saran Wrap or Glad Wrap) on top of the bottle before screwing down the cap and then wrapping plastic tape (electric tape) around the top of the vial.
You should complete and include the BioAssay Form (shown on this page) with each specimen that you submit. You may also write a label and insert it inside the vial with the insects. If you do this use PENCIL to write the label. Do NOT use ink as it may be dissolved by the alcohol. It is recommended that you use a 0.5mm Pentel pencil to write a small label. Print as clearly as possible so your label is easy to read; then insert the label inside the vial. Be sure that your name is on the label that goes inside the vial and that you also include the Insect Identification Form shown below.
You are responsible for all packing and shipping fees or permits; vials and specimens become the property of INSECTA and cannot be returned. You should keep additional specimens in a separate vial for yourself if you want to have these for your records. We are not responsible for receipt of damages specimens. You agree to release INSECTA, their agents, representatives and/or employees, of any and all liability whatsoever with respect to service, recommendations, and/or identification of insect pests; INSECTA is NOT responsible for the loss of property, real or imaged, and/or any hurt, harm, injury, real or imagined, that may come from or arise out of submission of specimens and/or usage of INSECTA. insect identification or other services. It is your responsibility to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, permits, fees or other acts with respect to shipping, mailing, or transport of specimens within or between states, territories or nations including codes with respect to endangered and/or threatened species; to properly and safely use and/or apply any insecticides or other pest control agents or measures in your home, garden, farm or on your property. You should consult a local pest control operator to treat your home, lawn, garden, farm, nursery, or other property for insect pests or infestations
Complete the BioAssay Form on this page and send your insect pests along with a $30.00 nonrefundable donation to: Terry Lynch, Naturalist, INSECTA, 120 Anderson Street, Quitman, MS 39355-2748. If you request identification of specimens, we will examine your insects pests closely under a microscope and inform you immediately of the results of our examination via email reply.
To make immediate secure payment and reservation for insect identification services, please make immediate payment via PayPal using the "Pay Now" button below. Thank you!
INSECTA promotes biodiversity, conservation and preservation of wildlife, including insects, arachnids, arthropods, and other small animals. Often small animals are overlooked when it comes to permitting for such large industrial projects as logging or strip mining. Over the long term this results in destruction of vasts areas of forests, wetlands and other habitat which are homes for wildlife. Once these habitats are destroyed and lost, so too is the wildlife. The disappearance of small animals like fireflies often may signal that something is very wrong. We may then take action to correct problems and preserve wildlife. Hence an inventory and survey to identify insects, arachnids, and other small animals and determine their numbers and a bioassay to establish the general health of populations is important to establish programs for conservation and preservation of wildlife and their natural habitats.
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Bioassay Services is working to help protect endangered and threatened species of insects and arthropods. The greatest threat to endangered and threatened species comes from destruction of habitat. Yet in many cases no one knows what species of insects or arthropods are endangered or threatened because this simply has not been studied. Also large developers like logging and mining operations may NOT want insects and/or arthropods to be included in permitting applications as this may restrict their operations. For example, the EPA may recommend permitting to establish a drag line operation to remove minerals in a wetland or to permit logging without making a BioAssay of the insects or arthropods endemic to that area.
To help gain insight into the small insects and arthropods endemic to your area, we are asking that everyone help by submitting specimens for research and educational purposes only. Please note that in some parts of the world there may be insects or arthropods that are on the endangered species list; we are NOT soliciting any such specimens. Please consult the resources below for additional information in this regard.
US Fish & Wildlife Endangered Species Program
Endangered Species in US
List of endangered foreign species
List of endangered insect species
List of endangered arachnids
List of endangered crustaceans
CITES: Search for endangered species by country
Biological Control and U.S. Wildlife Laws