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.

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Species of Butterfly Discovered in China

ScienceDaily (June 13, 2010) — Chinese and German scientists have found a new butterfly species in the south of China. It is the first known species of the family of large blue butterflies found to live in mountain forests. The new species from northwestern Yunnan was discovered by Prof. Min Wang of the South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China and Dr. Josef Settele of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research -- UFZ, Halle, Germany.

Phengaris xiushani "Xiushan's Large Blue", the newly discovered species (3: male upper side, 4: under side; 5: female upper side, 6: under side) (Credit: Prof. Min Wang/South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou)

New Beetles and Butterflies from Madagascar

Hello Everyone
We have just received a new package from Madagascar containing some lovely butterflies and beetles.
Amongst the highlights we have the rare Charaxes andranodorus. We also have the lovely Charaxes cacuthis, including one female.

We have also received two new beetles, including the stunning Lampropepla rothschildi and Hoplideres aquilus (various sizes).

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fresh Specimens from RCA

Hello Everyone
Insect Designs has just been updated with some fresh specimens from RCA, including a few female Charaxes jasius epijasius. We also have a few other Charaxes, the popular Asterope pechuelli and amulia, and a few Graphium species.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rare Hypolimnas octocula elsina now available

Hello Everyone
Insect Designs has just received some much sought after Hypolimnas octocula elsina pairs from New Caledonia. They are endemic to New Caledonia and extremely difficult to obtain. The specimens being offered in our store have been captive bred.

Fresh Specimens from Indonesia and the Philippines

Hello Everyone
Insect Designs has just received some nice fresh specimens from Indonesia and the Philippines. Amongst the new stock are some nice Lycaenidae and various Papilionidae species (males and females).