Are the insects used in your displays real?
Yes, all the insects we use are 100% real. They look the same way they do in nature, we do not alter their appearance in any way.
Where do the insects come from?
All of our insects come from insect farms located all across the world, many in tropical regions. These farms raise insects as a source of income instead of destroying the rainforest to log, farm, or raise livestock. Simply put, farming saves rainforests and increases butterfly populations. We are licensed with US Fish & Wildlife Service and comply with all US and International Import/Export Laws and Regulations. Buying butterflies and insects, dead or alive, has rules and regulations everyone, without exception, must be in compliance with. Import and export requirements are regulated by The US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Are the insects killed?
Many insects have short lifespans, so it is easier to let them die naturally, and then collect them. This is a common practice at many insect farms. Most of our butterflies and insects come from Butterfly Farms which die of natural causes and help the survival of the species or from licensed breeders and professional field catchers, this helps ensure our material is sustainably and ethically sourced. Your purchases will help the farming industry continue without threats to the natural wild populations of butterflies and insects.
Are the insects endangered?
There are strict laws protecting endangered species in many countries, including insects. Many countries require permits, and customs forms to sell insects internationally. We only use insects from farms that file the proper documentation for legal insect sales. Insect farms are also part of the conservation effort for many insect species, as they can help increase their population in the wild when necessary.
Do you spread, pin, and mount the insects yourself?
Yes! We do all of the delicate work by hand, in house. This includes all of the re-hydration, spreading, pinning, posing, and mounting. Each leg, wing, and antennae are repositioned to make sure each specimen look their best.
Where do you get your frames?
We handcraft each shadowbox frame to fit and match our insects. This means we measure each and every specimen before our cases are cut, assembled, and painted.
How do I know where my insect is from?
All of the details of your insect is included on the back of our cases. You go home with the common name, scientific name, and country of origin. We also sign and number each piece, because they are all unique.
Do you sell online?
Currently we do not sell online. We would love for you to visit us at one of our upcoming shows, check our schedule to see where we will be next. Our work is best viewed in person, and since we curate our collections, and they are ever changing it is hard to keep up with our inventory. If this changes in the future we will be sure to notify everyone.
Do you use eco-friendly materials?
We do our best to be green here at Green Beetle Shop, and we try to use responsible materials whenever possible. The wood used in all our frames is FSC certified and the paper backing we mount all our insects on is made using hydroelectric power. We use eco-friendly packing paper in every box we ship, and you can help us by recycling the box and packing materials after they arrive. All our business cards and promotional materials are printed on recycled paper.
Are your displays archival and UV protected?
We use only acid free papers and adhesives in all our displays. Each display is sealed to protect it from moisture, dust, and pests. The glass used is all our frames is 99% UV protected.
*Please note that we recommend keeping all our products out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures as an additional precaution*