A shadow box is an enclosed glass front display case containing an object or objects presented in a thematic grouping with artistic or personal significance. The grouping of the objects and the depth effect created by their relative heights from the backing creates a dramatic visual result. The conservation and restoration of insect specimens is the process of caring for and preserving insects as a part of a collecting process. A common way to prevent damage from pests intent to feed on insect specimens and dust accumulation in a collection is to keep them in sealed boxes or cabinets. When properly sealed, they can also aid in preventing damages cause by relative humidity and temperature fluctuations.
Another preservation process utilized by the scientific community is the wet specimen method. There are many different things that can be made into wet specimens. The most popular are fetal animals, organs, prosecutions and dissections (specimens that have been cut open or prepared to allow the viewer to see internal structures), and juvenile or adult animals that are fully formed. Regardless of what type of specimen is being used, it needs to be injected or embalmed with fluid, fixed in a preservative, and transferred to new preservative before being sealed in a jar and stored or displayed safely.