Insect Pins


pinsInsect specimens are typically small, fragile, numerous and especially difficult to track. p-Chips® have been integrated into the heads of entomological pins to improve efficiency in collections management and research through light activated radio frequency identification. Permanent and integral to the specimen, each p-Chip transmits a unique serial number allowing tracking without contact and reducing the risk of damage to specimens and repetitive strain injuries (RSI) in curators. The p-Chips and the specimens they tag can then be linked immediately to biodiversity web services and collections databases.



  1. Jolley-Rogers G, Yeates DK, Croft J, Cawsey EM, Suter P, Webb J, Morris RG, Qian Z, Rodriguez E, Mandecki W (2012) Ultra-small RFID p-Chips on the heads of entomological pins provide an automatic and durable means to track and label insect specimens. Zootaxa 3359:31-42