Entomology Dry Cabinets

Taiwan used to be the country with the highest density of butterflies and was known as the “Butterfly Kingdom.” 

Taiwan used to be the country with the highest density of butterflies and was known as the “Butterfly Kingdom.” Of the 12 butterfly families, 11 can be found in Taiwan, and given the island’s isolation and long periods of evolution, there are over 400 species here, 50 of which are endemic. And butterfly specimen export used to big business for Taiwan.

Dr. Wong’s butterfly specimen collection in Eureka’s custom designed dry cabinet.

Dr. Wong has always had a personal interest in collecting butterfly specimen. But when master specimen collector Yu Ching-kin, the curator of the Muh Sheng Museum of Entomology, passed away in 2012, Dr. Wong felt it was a duty for him to preserve the beauty of the specimen. Many of which are now extinct.

Muh Sheng Museum of Entomology curator Yu Ching-kin 

To store the specialized wooden cases where the specimen are displayed, Dr. Wong uses Eureka Entomology dry cabinets for his collection.

Custom designed Eureka Dry Cabinet for butterfly specimen Custom designed Eureka Dry Cabinet for butterfly specimen

Within Dr. Wong’s specimen collection, there are also rare Hermaphroditism specimen where they are half male and half female. These type of specimen are results of rare genetic defects. The odds of seeing specimen like these are extremely rare, almost with the same odds as being strike by lightening. Yet, Dr. Wong has quite the collection.

Custom designed Eureka Dry Cabinet for rare Hermaphroditism specimen Custom designed Eureka Dry Cabinet for rare Hermaphroditism butterfly specimen Custom designed Eureka Dry Cabinet for rare Hermaphroditism butterfly specimen

Even more rare in Dr. Wong’s collection are conjoined/Siamese twins butterfly specimen. Notice the pictures below. On the right, the body of the butterfly specimen has two bodies. This is another quite rare form of genetic defect.

Custom designed Eureka Dry Cabinet for rare conjoined siamese twins butterfly specimen Custom designed Eureka Dry Cabinet for rare conjoined siamese twins butterfly specimen Custom designed Eureka Dry Cabinet for rare butterfly specimen

In his collection, Dr. Wong still has the very first specimen he collected while in the first grade over 40 years ago. (below left) As well as specimen that has been extinct since the 70’s. (below right)

Eureka Dry Cabinet for butterfly specimen Eureka Dry Cabinet for extinct butterfly specimen

Because of the rarity of the specimen Dr. Wong collects, it is critical for the butterfly specimen to be stored in a humidity controlled 45%RH-55%RH environment to preserver it for generations to come.

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