Framed Butterflies can Enhance Your Home’s Interior and Experience
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Framed Butterflies can Enhance Your Home’s Interior and Experience

October 19,2016 by Trevor Newman | Info Articles


Butterflies are majestic creatures, characterized by different wing patterns and beautiful colors. Thanks the subtle techniques of framing butterflies, you can now bring their beauty to the forefront in your home.

The Process

In order to truly appreciate these frames’ beauty, let’s look at how they are made. Adult butterflies are either captured alive or found dead, as long as their body remains intact. Their structure is preserved, using special envelopes.

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Then, they are stored in containers filled with mothballs that helps keep their wings moist. This process is critical because after death, butterflies’ bodies become quite brittle. Antiseptics are also important to use in these containers as they prevent mold from developing. Once the insect has been relaxed, it is mounted to a board using insect pins. For a proper display, insect pins are inserted through the abdomen and both wings.

Custom Orders

The great thing about a butterfly frame is you can customize it, getting exactly what you want. You can search for unique specimens across several phyla. You can vary the species for a dynamic frame, or choose species you find the most attractive. It does take time to make these orders, though, since collectors have to scan their collection and make sure they have species in stock. Get a quote before asking for the frame. This helps you stay on budget as far as decorating your home goes.

Storage

Another benefit that comes with displaying butterflies in your home is the storage options available. You can put them into glass jars, boxes, and picture frames. Whatever option you decide to go with, make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight. Otherwise, it will dry out the butterfly, causing it to lose its aesthetic value.

If you are keeping butterflies in boxes or jars, make sure they are properly sealed. You don’t want air to circulate and cause mildew to develop all over the specimen. You might even get a device that measures moisture levels in your home. This allows you to make sure certain rooms are conducive to your butterfly collection.

Framed butterflies are elegant and bring life into any room they are displayed in. When you properly take care of them, you can maintain their aesthetic value for many years to come.

Sources:

Collecting and Preserving Butterflies, bughunter.tamu.edu

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly, blog.hmns.org


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