How the museum specimens were collected.
1. Most specimens had completed their life cycle and were collected dead on the ground, underneath big rock and trees or the vegetation where they lived.
2. Some specimens were collected as a result of logging trees. These trees were logged in order to slash and burn the forest for rice fields and other crops. They were found dead under nearby rocks and the dead trees.
3. Electricity in remote areas provides light that attracts many insects into homes where they eventually die. They were found inside and collected.
4. Natural spaces housing insects and other wildlife areas are disturbed by human activities: road construction, air pollution and forestry practices. The land in these areas has become hotter and drier due to the lack of vegetation that previously existed. Some of these areas no longer provide the habitat required for some species. The dead insects were collected as a result of these disruptions.
In the natural life of insects they have instinctive knowledge and they naturally feel when they are going to die. Often they move into hiding areas where they are safe from harm. When many insects die together in the same location you will often find a long line of ants working together to collect their food. This is how I found many insects. I simply followed the long line of ants through the forest.
5. Some specimens of insect, seashell, fossil, rock and mineral are from private collections and museums from all over the world. Specimens have been traded in Thailand, other countries, as well as between individuals.
6. Our museum has an extensive collection of rocks and minerals from Thailand and other countries. We gathered the rocks from the side of newly constructed roads where the soils were taken from mountains, riverbeds and forest floors. During the process of compaction the bulldozer levels the road and pushes a lot of soil and stones to the lower side. After a few rainy seasons these beautiful stones appear and you can find many wonderful fossils. 40 % of the specimens in the museum’s collection came from many of my generous friends’ donations from all around the world. They donated with the intention that, “The museum belongs to everybody and it serves as an educational experience for all future generations.”
Special thanks to Kevill Jessica for the pictures of the bee hive and the hornet nest.