Butterfly workshops

In partnership with A Curious Invitation, I hosted a series of workshops on butterfly setting and preservation at venues across London during 2014. The workshop was 3 hours long and included a brief introduction to entomology and insect anatomy, a demonstration on butterfly hydration and setting and some information and tips on setting your own insects at home.

These workshops are still running and have been taken over by Louise Newton who works for ACI. You can purchase tickets directly from them at their website.

More information can be found here

And here’s a wonderful review from a workshop attendee, Leona

In conjunction with Theodore Askew, there are now a selection of super high quality shadow boxes available for purchase at our Etsy shop. They make wonderful gifts – please drop by and take a look!

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5 responses to “Butterfly workshops

  1. Hi Lue, It’s me again! I’ve been meaning to ask, what were the two sites you suggested for ethical sourcing of butterfly specimens for pinning? I should have been more prepared and brought a pen and paper with me (tip for anyone going!), but alas! I’d really like to try pinning again sometime.

    On a different note, I’m hoping to have that article up at the weekend (finally a free moment!), and I’ll be sure to send you a link. It’ll be micro-blogged on tumblr along with information for your other workshops (for anyone who is interested).

    Thank you!

    • Hi again 🙂 the two sites are sierraentomology.com and insect-sale.com

      I’m very much looking forward to your blog! Do note that the dates currently on the ACI website are going to be changed, so don’t use those specifically. Might be better to point people at our site…

  2. I was wondering if the butterflies are killed/harmed for this workshop? Or are they picked up and preserved after their natural death?

    • Hi P,

      This is quite a common question. The butterflies are caught once they eclose (hatch from their chrysalis) and are immediately killed. The reason for this is that any butterfly found after it’s natural life would be very damaged – their wings get torn and scales fall off during flight. However, these butterflies do come from conservation areas. They are farmed in places where a level of plant and animal biodiversity is maintained to conserve the local habitat. These areas use the income from the sale of butterflies and other insects to fund the conservation effort and essentially keep logging companies at bay. None of the insects we use are protected or endangered species.

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