I have been hard at work creating some new framed insect displays for the holidays and this post will highlight some of the new pieces.
The framed cicada natural history display is one of my new favorite insect shadowbox displays. I collect and love looking at old insect prints from Victorian entomology books – the details and colors really bring these creatures to life. For this design, I manipulated an old cicada life cycle and anatomy antique plate and framed it with a real specimen. The print is made with archival pigment inks and the cicada is mounted and framed in a 9×11 inch shadowbox frame with UV blocking glass.
Mantids are recognized by their long slender bodies and slow graceful movements. This framed praying mantis display features a species that is a master of disguise and mimics dead leafs. It lives in Thailand, Java, Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. Framed in a 6×6 insect shadowbox with UV blocking glass.
The Atlas Moth is the biggest moth in the world when looking at wing surface area (the Witch moth is sometimes wider). This framed atlas moth specimen has wing tips that look like snake heads, which is believed to keep predators away. Framed in a 12″ x 9 1/4″ x 2.5″ gallery shadowbox with Tru-Vue UV blocking glass so the magnificent colors and details won’t fade.
The Framed Blue Morpho Adonis is a new morpho species to this collection. With around 80 different species of Blue Morpho, there are many shades of iridescent blue to choose from. This species is named for the mythological Adonis, the Greek god of beauty and desire. Framed on archival papers and UV blocking glass so the colors won’t fade.