Are there any limitations for independent open studies on live insect specimens?

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asked Aug 11, 2015 in Open Science by kenorb (425 points)

Similar to animals, I'd like to know if there are any limitations on performing independent open studies on insects (which could involve risk of killing them). Which insects can be used for that? Is it in any way treated as cruelty?

For instance, on this page I've found that all wild insects are protected in the UK, but I can't find it in the Act it-self. Therefore does taking insects from the public places for studies is fine?



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commented Aug 18, 2015 by kenorb (425 points)
I've learned from this [question](http://openscience.stackexchange.com/q/1/10), that everything that is open (data, code, pubs, etc.) is called open science, therefore I believe it's on-topic. Somebody already raised some concerns at [meta](http://meta.openscience.stackexchange.com/q/50/10) with similar question.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Michael (140 points)
How would that differ from any study, not restricted to the vaguely defined term "independent open"?

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