As a conservation biologist, science educator and maker, Kevin Clarke’s mission is to protect, explain and flaunt aspects of the natural world. As sole designer and fabricator at Bug Under Glass, Kevin hopes to restore a sense of wonder about the natural world that is fleeting in an increasingly urban and technology driven world.

A lifelong love and concern for insects directed him to a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology, work in the Fisher Ant Lab, rich experiences working in the entomology departments of the California Academy of Science and IZIKO South African Museum and a scientific publication.

Kevin’s insect art combines a passion for environmental conservation, science education and design.  His work is currently displayed in natural history museums, zoos, art galleries, coffee table books, and in thousands of houses and offices.  Additionally, he has created non-insect art, designing and hand-making pieces for the National Archives “Red Tape” project.

Kevin has a B.S. in Psychology from Boston College and a Master of Biology (Conservation Biology) from San Francisco State University/California Academy of Sciences. He lives in Sonoma County California with his wife, dog, and two young sons – one named after his favorite entomologist/scientist E.O. Wilson.

pinning insects
pointing to insect collection
scarab collection


The mission of BUG UNDER GLASS (B.U.G.) is to create an environment for experiencing the natural world in a sustainable and design-centered way.  Founded in 2002 by Kevin Clarke while pursuing a Masters in Conservation Biology.  

While in graduate school, Kevin learned about butterfly farming and how it combines economic development with conservation – a rare combination in our world.  Butterfly farming and insect ranching are a way to obtain sustainable specimens (not from the wild) and whose practices have a positive impact on conservation initiatives, especially in rainforest regions.  

Bug Under Glass started as a hobby utilizing the skills learned working in natural history museums making unique displays for friends, and anthropocentric insect dioramas as a way to make insects more accessible.  Over the last 16 years, B.U.G. has metamorphosized into a full-time job that combines the artists love of insects, design and conservation.