How To Pin A Wasp

What do you do when you have an insect that must be preserved, but it can’t be pinned? That is a conundrum I faced during my undergraduate years studying Entomology. The solution, though not widely known, is relatively simple and will ensure your specimen remains intact for the long term in its display box. This article by Carl Zimmer illustrates how to pin almost any insect or bug using common materials most people have on hand. In many cultures, insects are considered a delicacy. However, it is not always easy to find these creatures in their natural habitat and catch them for consumption. Fortunately, there are ways to get around this – you can now purchase insects that have already been captured. This can be done through certain bookstores or even online where you can even select the type of insect or arthropod that you would like! I very much like the middle class and the lower middle-class persons who, even under these somewhat depressing circumstances, remain healthy in body and mind. I cannot feel that their state of mind is a bad one or their outlook on life perhaps an unfortunate one; for although their economic aberrations may render them undesirable citizens from the point of view of efficiency and production, it makes them perfectly happy in their own way and gives them a chance to live a good life.

How To Pin A Wasp


I once found a wasp in my apartment. This is the story of what happened next.

Poke the wasp with a stick.

  • Use a stick to poke the wasp on its thorax, which is the area between its head and wings.
  • Do not poke it on its head or abdomen as it could hurt you if they are stung by their defensive stinger.
  • Do not poke it on its wings because you might break them off, causing the wasp to die before you can pin it.
  • Also do not stick a stick into any part of the body that contains venomous fluids! I recommend just poking at random parts of the body until something appears big enough for your pinning needs

Tackle the wasp.

The first thing you need to do is tackle the wasp. Don’t be afraid; just keep your hands away from its stinger and you’ll be fine.

Don’t swat at it or run away, or try to kill it with a shoe or anything like that—it’s not going to work. If you’re scared, just stand still and let the wasp move around in whatever way it wants; it’ll eventually find its way out of there on its own time, which will probably take all of three seconds if you’re lucky.

Don’t try holding onto the wasp, catching it in midair with your bare hands (or any other body parts), or capturing it in any kind of container (like an empty soda bottle). The only reason we say don’t try this is because our friend did once when she found herself face-to-face with an angry yellowjacket near her backyard grill—and let’s just say she ended up with more than one sting wound on her wrist later that night after tossing some meat into the coals without taking proper safety precautions first!

Grab the wasp by the wings.

Grab the wasp by the wings. It may be best to wear protective gloves or use tweezers, as wasp wings are very sharp and can cut you. Make sure not to get stung by other parts of the wasp’s body, such as its legs or abdomen (the part behind its head).

Use a pair of tweezers to pin the wasp’s body onto a piece of cardboard.

Now that you’ve caught your wasp, it’s time to pin it. Use a pair of tweezers to pin the wasp’s body onto a piece of cardboard. This will keep the wasp still while you work with its wings and stinger. The cardboard also keeps your hands away from the stinger, which is always good practice when dealing with insects!

Take an exacto knife and carefully slice off its head.

Now that you have the wasp pinned, you can use an exacto knife to carefully slice off its head. This will be easier if you use a pair of tweezers to pin the wasp’s body onto a piece of cardboard so that it doesn’t move around too much.

To pin a wasp, you need to poke it with a stick and then grab it by the wings gently so as not to get stung!

To pin a wasp, you need to poke it with a stick and then grab it by the wings gently so as not to get stung! Then, use an exacto knife to cut off its head.


Now that you’ve learned about the basics of wasp pinning, use this information to start a hobby, complete your collection, or share with friends! With such a fascinating ecosystem and variety of insects to choose from, you can pin something new every day. But remember: if you don’t have prior experience with insects or entomology, we strongly recommend starting small and working your way up to larger species. You wouldn’t want to end up on the wrong end of a sting!

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