NEW! COVID-19 Sample Submission Guidelines

The Plant Clinic is devoted to our clients and will remain operational until further notice. For the safety of all involved, we request that packages be sent via mail or express delivery if at all possible. Please send us the shipper and tracking number if you ship via an express delivery service so we can track packages and ensure they are delivered quickly from our central University mailing service. If you are dropping samples off, please include a completed sample form and drop off at the NORTH loading dock (accessible from Orchard Ave) of Cordley hall (map view). Please call us (541-737-3472) to let us know a sample had been dropped off, and we will come get it.

Samples can only be accepted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Please allow extra time for sample processing.

These measures are being instituted to be in agreement with the University's policies, and to keep our customers and employees safe

Preserving specimens properly greatly increases the chance of getting a identification. Immature and soft bodied specimens decay and crush easily so please use the following suggestions when collecting, packing and submitting specimens.

Packing Instructions

Packing

  1. If submitting several different insects/spiders please place them in separate containers each with a separate label written in pencil.
  2. Pack specimens in sturdy containers to prevent crushing in transit. Use soft paper to pack live specimens in the container.
  3. Identify the package with labels both outside and inside. Put the Insect ID Form in a plastic bag to prevent accidental moisture damage.
  4. If sending dead specimens, place in container with a piece of paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol or submerged in rubbing alcohol (ethyl alcohol is preferred). There are postal restrictions regarding sending alcohol in the mail:
  • The sample containers should be leak-proof plastic, glass or metal containers.
  • The lid of each sample container should be sealed onto the container so it doesn’t accidentally come open.
  • There should be no more than 30 mL of alcohol in each sample container.
  • Sample containers should be placed into a secondary container (a ziplock-type bag would suffice) with absorbent, cushioning material such as paper towels.
  • The secondary container should be put into a strong outer package (padded envelop or box) for mailing.
  • On the address side of the mailing container, write “This package conforms to 49 CFR 173.4”.
  • A complete return address and delivery address must be used.
  • Please review this "Safety instructions: Shipping Preserved Specimens" fact sheet.
Collecting Instructions

Collecting

  1. Try to not crush the specimen being submitted and if possible send multiple specimens.
  2. If you are submitting a caterpillar, maggot or other immature insect preserve a specimen in ethyl or isopropyl alcohol and, if possible, include live specimen(s) in a container with a piece of dry paper towel. When sending a live specimen please label the exterior with the word "LIVE".
  3. Spiders can be sent dead submerged in alcohol. Please indicate if you are only interested in knowing if the specimen is a potentially dangerous species (i.e. Hobo spider, black widow, or brown recluse) or not.
Mailing Address

Mailing address

Mail to:
OSU Plant Clinic
Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology
4120 Cordley Hall,
2701 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Drop off location

Drop off location

If samples are too large to be delivered, please drop them off, with a completed sample form at the NORTH loading dock (accessible from Orchard Ave) of Cordley hall (map view). Please call us (541-737-3472) to let us know a sample had been dropped off, and we will come get it.

Samples can only be accepted from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Please allow extra time for sample processing.

OSU Plant Clinic
Dept. of Botany and Plant Pathology
4120 Cordley Hall,
2701 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331