Insect collection for biology?

I need to collect insects for a biology project and so far I've caught 6 out of 10. The project isn't due until mid-October so I was wondering what would happen to them if I kept them until they were due...also I have to keep them in an egg carton with a cotton ball over them, but would tissue be okay? How... show more I need to collect insects for a biology project and so far I've caught 6 out of 10. The project isn't due until mid-October so I was wondering what would happen to them if I kept them until they were due...also I have to keep them in an egg carton with a cotton ball over them, but would tissue be okay? How does this even preserve/protect them? Will they rot if I keep them out for too long? I know this sounds kind of gross, but it's important. And lastly, where should I keep the egg carton or does it not really matter?
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