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Before you send me specimens for identification make sure that you contact me first as I travel frequently and at times I am unable to look at specimens in a timely manner.
First collect at least a dozen specimens of the insects that you suspect are causing the damage to your plant. You can collect them by taking a wide mouth jar and filling the jar with regular rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol preferred). Place the insect specimens directly into the alcohol jar. Transfer the insects into a smaller screw-cap jar and fill the jar up to the top with alcohol. Close the jar tightly and place the jar into a zip-lock baggie. Pad the jar with bubble wrap or cushioning materials like foam or crunched newspaper so that the jar does not break. Place the jar in a small cardboard box and place more padding materials so that the jar doesn't move inside the box. Please write down all pertinent information about the insects, damage to the plant, pictures if you have any, and your name, address, phone number, and email address so I can contact you regarding the identification. Tape the box shut so that the box doesn't open up in transit. Label it so that it gets to me:
Mail it to:
c/o CDFA Biological Control
3288 Meadowview Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95832
PICTURES OF HOW THE SAMPLE SHOULD BE PACKAGED:
An orchid vial was used in this case. Seram-wrap was used to seal the vial shut.
If you have any questions or constructive comments, I would love to hear from you, please send e-mail to Baldo Villegas
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