This unique shadow box exhibits a beautiful specimen of the brightly colored Graphium Weiskei commonly known as the Purple Mountain Swallowtail. Each specimen has been delicately “skeletonized” – a process in which scales on the wings are removed to reveal the intricate architecture beneath.
Unlike other butterfly species in our Skeleton collection, the Graphium Weiskei is the only type of butterfly to have it’s colorful pigments on their wing’s membranes instead of on the scales covering the wing. Notably, the pigments on the Graphium Weiskei which are known sarpedobilin and ommin combining to create blue, mauve, and pink, are rare in nature.
Inspired by Victorian-era academic displays these exotic pieces are an excellent addition to any curiosity collection. Each piece includes natural history information on the back of the frame and framed with UV protective glass.
PLATE IV of Skeleton Butterfly Series. Collect them all!
► 6” H x 6” W x 1¼ “ D (choose frame color: black, walnut, white)
► Tru-Vue UV blocking conservation glass (so colors / details won’t fade)
► Gallery quality shadowbox frame
► Archival mounting materials (Acid and Lignin-free)
► Hook attached to back to hang on wall (Frame can also stand on its own)
► Natural history story about the specimen comes on a vintage style museum label.
► Gift box, tissue paper and info about ethical butterfly origin and care of display.
► Professionally made by an entomologist in Sonoma County California.
WE FRAME WITH UV BLOCKING GLASS:
UV rays are one of the most significant sources of degradation in museum artwork so we use Tru-Vue Conservation Clear UV blocking glass which blocks 99% of UV rays so you can enjoy your insect art for decades.
BEST OF BUGS:
The high quality and detail of our framed insect displays have been recognized by Pottery Barn, West Elm, Apartment Therapy, Herman Miller and won the BEST of HOUZZ award (leading home design site) for 2014 & 2015. see all our awards and press.