I smell like bugs

Or rather, I should say, my fingers smell like bugs. I’m now volunteering in the Entomology department at the British Museum of Natural History, on Wednesdays. When another person who worked in both Entomology and Botany found out more about my background, I was quickly brought into the fold of the bug rooms. My skills in preparing and pinning bugs, it turns out, is highly prized there.  Apparently, the folks at the BM outsource the majority of their specimen preparation. They mail samples out of the country to have other people prepare them and have the mounted specimens returned. I dazzled them with my bug pinning and pointing prowess. Today I got to prepare beetles from Madagascar and now, I smell like bugs :)