Welcome to our Blog

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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A visit with an Australian captive breeder

Australian specimens are always hard to come by. Although most are not CITES listed, the Australian government only allows the export of specimens that have been captive bred. Not only that, but captive breeders are required to be government licensed, hence the difficulty of obtaining specimens for export.

Last Friday I visited my supplier of Australian specimens to collect more specimens for the web site. While I was there, Ross was kind enough to allow me to snap some pictures of his butterfly house. These are the photos (Ross is the one in the photo, not me).

We then went downstairs and had a look at some of his hungry caterpillars.

I always enjoy visiting Ross and nearly always spend more time there than I had planned.

Lots of new specimens now available

Hello Everyone

This weekend has been very busy with lots of specimens being sorted and put onto the web site. We received new specimens and restocks from RCA, Peru, Malaysia and Australia, including some very hard to get females.

On Friday I visited my Australian supplier and took some photos of butterflies and caterpillars in his butterfly house. I'll post these in my next post.

Here are some photos of some of the new specimens you will find on the web site right now.

Monday, October 26, 2009

New Package from Peru

A new package has just arrived from Peru. The new specimens will be uploaded to the site within the next few days. There are two other packages also on the way from Peru. These should arrive within the next one or two weeks.

We also have material on the way from Malaysia and Tanzania. We are also hoping to receive a fresh package from Argentina within the next month. This package will contain specimens that many of you have been waiting for for a while.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Specimens from Costa Rica now available

The specimens that arrived from Costa Rica a few days ago have now been uploaded on the web site. You will find lots of interesting species, including some rare items. Getting material is difficult, but we hope to be able to offer more in the near future from this fascinating part of the world.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My New Favourite Beetle

Hello Everyone

I hope you are all enjoying the new blog. We've only just started it, but we hope over time it will become a great place to share anything related to butterflies, moths and beetles.

Today I thought I'd share one of my new favourite beetles with you all. This changes regularly, but at the moment I'm really keen about the Cheirotonus gestroi from Thailand. It's large and the colours are absolutely stunning. The picture doesn't really do it justice.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New Package from Costa Rica

A new package has just arrived from Costa Rica containing lots of new interesting specimens. We are hoping to upload these to the web site over the weekend.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Insect Designs has been updated

Hello Everyone

Welcome to our new blog. We hope you will find it informative and entertaining. We also hope that you will join our community and contribute to discussions.

Insect Designs has recently been updated with some really nice specimens from Ecuador, the Philippines, Brazil, Argentina and Thailand. We are especially pleased to offer the rare Prepona werneri and Agrias amydon athenais.