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Insect Designs has been on the Internet since 2003. We are currently the largest supplier of quality insect specimens in Australia, and we ship worldwide. This blog features the latest news from our store as well as the occasional interesting news we have uncovered about the wonderful world of bugs.
If you would like to view the range of insect specimens we have available, please visit our store.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Lower Price on Rare Species

Hello Everyone

Insect Designs is pleased to announce new lower prices on several rare species available on our web site such as Agrias amydon athenais and Prepona werneri from Ecuador, Papilio birchalli devriesi pairs from Costa Rica and Chilasa osmana from the Philippines. Stock of some of these is extremely limited. You may also like to check out some of the other rare items we have available.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Natural Solar Collectors On Butterfly Wings Inspire More Powerful Solar Cells

The discovery that butterfly wings have scales that act as tiny solar collectors has led scientists in China and Japan to design a more efficient solar cell that could be used for powering homes, businesses, and other applications in the future.

In the study, Di Zhang and colleagues note that scientists are searching for new materials to improve light-harvesting in so-called dye-sensitized solar cells, also known as Grätzel cells for inventor Michael Grätzel. These cells have the highest light-conversion efficiencies among all solar cells — as high as 10 percent.
The researchers turned to the microscopic solar scales on butterfly wings in their search for improvements. Using natural butterfly wings as a mold or template, they made copies of the solar collectors and transferred those light-harvesting structures to Grätzel cells. Laboratory tests showed that the butterfly wing solar collector absorbed light more efficiently than conventional dye-sensitized cells. The fabrication process is simpler and faster than other methods, and could be used to manufacture other commercially valuable devices, the researchers say.

Taken from ScienceDaily (Feb. 5, 2009)


Monday, December 21, 2009

New Shipment from Costa Rica

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I am pleased to say that a small parcel has just arrived from Costa Rica containing some fresh Parides childrenae pairs, Eurytides calliste olbius males, Papilio birchalli devriesi pairs (rare) and some very nice Pierella helvetia incanescens males (rare). Stock is very limited.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

New Butterflies from Indonesia, Papua and the Philippines

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Insect Designs has just been updated with some restocks and new specimens from Indonesia, Papua and the Philippines. This includes some rare items including the very rare, newly described Papilio ulysses spp. Elizabeth from Ambon, and one very nice Morphotaenaris schoenbergi pair from Arfak. We also have a couple of Papilio ulysses females from Ceram.

I will be going away on holidays from tomorrow until Thursday. You are still able to place an order, but it will not be shipped and emails won't be answered until Friday morning. Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fresh specimens from the Philippines

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A new box from the Philippines arrived today containing fresh specimens of previously out of stock items. Also included were a few very nice Papilio (Achillides) hermeli males. All of these items are now available on the web site for order.

In other news, a box from Cameroon arrived on Monday. Items from this box will be appearing in the African Singles page and Single Beetles page as they are updated over the next few weeks.

We are expecting a box from Indonesia to arrive today and a box from Costa Rica should arrive before the end of the month. Watch this space for further announcements.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Moths and Butterflies from Cameroon

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The African Singles page at Insect Designs has just been updated with 109 different butterfly and moth specimens from Cameroon.

This page is different to the rest of the web site as only one of each specimen is available. Photographs on the African Singles page are of the actual specimens being offered. This page is popular with our regular customers as there are often hard to get specimens at great prices.

Friday, December 4, 2009

New Butterflies from Thailand, India and the Philippines

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This week has certainly been busy at Insect Designs with several parcels arriving. In this latest update you will find lots of restocks as well as quite a few new items. Some of the new items include Chilasa osmana, Papilio antonio, Euthalia evelina pairs, Lexias khasiana, Kallima inachus, Euthalia franciae, Papilio memnon females of various varieties, Polyura eudamippus, Graphium sikhimica, Sumalia daraxa, Moduza procris, Meandrusa payeni evan, Lexias cynipardus pairs and Pachliopta hector pairs.

In other news we are expecting parcels from the Philippines, Cameroon and Indonesia to arrive early next week.

New Beetles from Thailand

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We have just updated the web site with some fresh beetle specimens from Thailand, including some new ones such as Xylotrupes gideon males, Batocera parryi males, stunning Batocera roylei pairs and huge Neocerambyx gigas pairs (the golden sheen on the gigas is amazing).

Monday, November 30, 2009

New specimens just arrived

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This is just a quick note to let you all know that packages from India and Thailand arrived today. You should see some interesting new specimens on the web site in a few days.  Packages from the Philippines and Cameroon are also in transit. I have also been able to secure some really nice items from Indonesia, including a newly described, very rare, Papilio ulysses ssp from Ambon.  I will be getting two of these. These should arrive within the next one to two weeks, depending how things go in customs.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fresh specimens from RCA just added

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Things have certainly been busy at Insect Designs during this past week!

Today we have just added some fresh specimens from RCA, including several that have have been out of stock for a while. We were also able to purchase some nice Papilio zalmoxis at a good price, so we have been able to reduce the price for these on the site.

We have also been ordering lots of material from our suppliers. We were hoping to receive fresh packages from India and the Philippines this week, but the ail has been slow. These should arrive next week. We are also expecting new specimens from Thailand and Cameroon within the next week.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New specimens from Brazil and Colombia

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Things have been very busy again at Insect Designs. Today we uploaded several new species onto the web site, including Caligo sp. from Colombia, Morpho catenarius marmorata females, Heliconius burrneyi, Parides eurimedes females, Eueides isabella and Morpho hercules.

Next week we are looking forward to receiving new specimens from India and the Philippines. We are also working with new suppliers in Mexico, so we hope to get some interesting material from there soon. New orders will also be placed soon with our regular suppliers in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fresh specimens from Colombia, Argentina and Brazil

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Insect Designs has just received some fresh specimens from Colombia, Brazil and Argentina, including some that have been out of stock for some time. In this update you will find Morpho violacea, Morpho aega, Morpho catenarius males and females, Morpho cisseis, Morpho menelaus, Asterope sapphira pairs, Asterope sonkai males, Heliconius tales, Callicore codomanus, Caligo atreus pairs, Caligo memnon males and Morpho peleides males.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nice specimens from Peru now available

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Today we received a fresh package from Peru containing some nice specimens, including the rare female Morpho urania ugenia and male Papilio xanthopleura. The package also contained fresh Cithaereas merolina, Batesia hypochlora, Nessaea species, Asterope hewitsoni and Papilio garleppi interuptus.

For those of you unfamiliar with these butterflies, the pictures are below.