Insect Designs

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About our site

About UsThank you for visiting Insect Designs.

We hope you have found something of interest in our store. Our range is always evolving, so please visit us again to see what's new. We offer butterflies, beetles and other insects for sale from around the world.

Insect Designs began many years ago with the manufacture and sale of framed insect specimens at local craft markets. Our business rapidly expanded online, focussing on the sale of unframed specimens. We have been on the Internet since 2003 and are currently the largest supplier of quality insect specimens in Australia, with many local and international customers. Our main focus is the sale of butterflies, beetles and other insects from around the world. We have supplied specimens to a wide range of people and organisations, including collectors, artists, museums, schools, advertising agencies and film and television studios.

Our aim is to provide high quality products for our customers and provide a high standard of customer service. If you have any questions at all please contact us. We are always happy to help out where we can.

You can contact us at any time using the contact form in the contact us tab at the top of the page.

We always reply within 24 hours.


How are our specimens shipped?

Unless otherwise indicated, all our specimens are shipped unset. This means, for example, that butterflies and moths are shipped dried with their wings closed together. You would need to hydrate and set them yourself. You can find illsutrated instructions on the method we use in the store.


Grading Specimens

As Insect specimens are natural products, the quality can vary greatly. The guide below explains the gradings used for specimens in our store.

A1: These are perfect specimens (or as perfect as you could expect from wild caught specimens), with exception of some leg damage. In the case of beetles, these should be perfect.

A1-: These specimens have very minor damage, normally restricted to antenna damage.

A-: These specimens have minor damage, such as antenna damage, or minor flight wear such as small scratches, minor sale damage, some minor fraying/chipping around the edges of the wings. In the case of beetles, the damage could be minor leg damage, small stains or scratches.

A2: More significant damage, such as major flight wear, small rips, small pieces missing from the wings, damage to the thorax or abdomen, or staining. In the case of beetles, damage could be missing legs or significant staining/scratches.

Second Grade: These specimens have similar damage to A2 specimens, but to a more significant degree.