Dissecting Needles

Mighty Fine Dissecting Needles—Make ‘em yourself

When standard dissecting needles and even fine forceps are too big, ”Minutien” pins mounted on balsa wood handles provide an inexpensive way to make finer needles for manipulating zooplankton.


Minutien pins. Small stainless steel Minutien Pins are used by entomologists for mounting fine specimens and are available from Carolina Biological

Balsa Sticks, 1/8″ square: Available in local hobby shops that carry supplies for model airplane construction.


Use pliers to push the blunt end of the pins into 4-6” lengths of 1/8” square balsa wood sticks. Gluing is optional.