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Pests > Pest taxonomy/IDs > Insects > How to prepare & send mealybugs, UK
July 2003. Mealybug samples should be collected on pieces of plant do not pick the insects off the plant, they get damaged). They should be killed by placing infested plant pieces in 70 or 80% alcohol. The tube then should be stood in recently-boiled water for 20 minutes to ensure rapid preservation. Provide details of place of collection, identity of host-plant, and date of collection. The samples should be packed in a crush-proof, padded container. It is a good idea to tape the lid onto each tube.
If using the Insect Information Service, Natural History Museum, London, do not send payment until the identificatons have been made. After the identifications have been made, an invoice will be sent with the amount owed. At that point, send payment to the Natural History Museum.
In your covering letter, please indicate if you wish specimens to be returned to you, as this involves an additional charge for postage and packing.