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- INSECT TAXIDERMY -
Butterfly Setting and Preservation


A schedule with further dates is listed below

A Field Guide would like to introduce you to the world of insect taxidermy. For over 300 years, entomologists and collectors have mounted butterflies and other insects for taxonomic reference or stunning visual displays. Such compilations can be found lurking in old museum archives and are often kept in meticulous condition in display cases and cabinets.

There has been a recent renaissance in the use of insets for artistic display and this class will introduce you to the skills and techniques used in setting butterflies. You will leave with your own set butterflies and there will be an opportunity to discuss further display options for any projects you have in mind.

The workshop will begin with a talk on the biology of insects with further instruction on the hydration, setting, pinning and drying of specimens.

This is a beginners course with no experience required and you will leave with your own set butterflies.

Tickets - £35: this three hour workshop includes all materials and specimens. All students will leave with their own set butterlies in addition to setting boards for further practice at home.

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Butterfly Setting Dates for 2017

Saturday - 14th January 2017, 10:30 – 12:30 pm
Insect taxidermy: Butterfly Setting & Preservation at Conway Hall, Bloomsbury

Saturday - 4th March 2017, 10:30 – 12:30 pm
Insect taxidermy: Butterfly Setting & Preservation at Conway Hall, Bloomsbury

Saturday – 8th April 2017, 10:30 – 12:30 pm
Insect taxidermy: Butterfly Setting & Preservation at Conway Hall, Bloomsbury

Saturday - 20th May 2017, 10:30 – 12:30 pm
Insect taxidermy: Butterfly Setting & Preservation at Conway Hall, Bloomsbury

Saturday – 10th June 2017,10:30 – 12:30 pm
Insect taxidermy: Butterfly Setting & Preservation at Conway Hall, Bloomsbury