The Lepidoteca System was created to facilitate the study and collection of butterflies for those people who were attracted to this fascinating subject but who lacked the necessary skills to prepare and preserve the insects by the traditional methods employing humidifiers, extensors and needles.
At the same time, the lack of space in modern dwellings is a major obstacle for most enthusiasts who wish to begin a collection. The Lepidoteca system solves these all problems and also simplifies the transport of specimens, a difficult procedure with traditional methods of conservation.
The Lepidoteca System and Scientific Collections.
The Lepidoteca System can also be employed in collections of a scientific nature which suffer from the same problems of lack of space. In this case it is not necessary to reconstruct the specimen. It is sufficient to place the left side of the insect -the anterior and posterior wings- on the dorsal face, and the right half, together with its wings, on the ventral face. This provides a full view of the insect considering that the differentiating characteristics are most often found on the reverse face of the wings. The body and antennae must be conserved in labelled and numbered gelatine capsules in order to be able to carry out genitalia and other laboratory studies.
We were informed by Professor W.H.T.Tams, of the Entomological Department of the British Museum (Natural History) that the Petiver Collection is one of the first collections to be conserved by a method similar to ours ..
This method avoids the need for fragile boxes with glass lids and saves weight and space. It also avoids at least 80% of the risk of infection by parasites and fungi etc.
Ease of transport and no risk of breakage.
Conserved in albums a great deal of space is saved and ease of handling is guaranteed.
A dozen albums can contain approximately 1,500 specimens. Conventional methods would require almost 100 boxes. The savings are evident.
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Detail of the double leaves of the album