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.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

New Beetles and Other Bugs from Thailand

Insect Designs has just been updated with some restocks and new material from Thailand, including beetles, spiders, leaf insects, lanternflies, cicadas and scorpions. You will find these on the beetles pages and Other Bugs page. Please visit soon for a browse.  

New Butterflies from the Philippines and Thailand

Insect Designs has just been updated with some restocks and new specimens from the Philippines and Thailand. Stock of some of these is very limited. While you are visiting please be sure to check out recent additions from Indonesia, Peru and Mexico.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fresh Birdwing Specimens

Insect Designs has finally received the long awaited parcel of birdwing butterflies from Indonesia. You will find all of the items now listed on the web site.

The specimens are immediately available to all of our Australian customers. International customers may also purchase them, but orders will not be shipped until our new re-export permit arrives. We expect this in a few weeks. 

Unfortunately we are not able to ship birdwing specimens to our customers in the United States. The extra documentation now required by US Fish and Wildlife on top of the normal CITES permit makes it too costly for us to ship CITES species there. We are sorry about this.

Fresh Specimens from Indonesia

Insect Designs has just been updated with lots of restocks and new items from Indonesia, including some very nice Papilio blumei females. We also have a number of new beetles and dragonflies available. Please visit us soon for a browse as stock of many of these is very limited.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Charaxes Cynthia Gyandromorph

One of our long time customers is an avid collector of Charaxes and has a super impressive collection featuring many very rare species. He has just obtained an extremely rare Charaxes cynthia gyandromorph. For those of you who have not heard of this before, a gyandromorph is half male and half female. These are always prized by collectors and normally very expensive. His specimen is picured below for your interest.

If any of you have special items in your collection you would like to share, please let us know.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

African Singles Page Updated

The African Singles page at Insect Designs has just been updated with some nice butterflies and moths from Cameroon, Togo, Tanzania and Uganda. There are 120 specimens available and the photos on the singles page are of the actual specimens being offered. Most are unidentified. Be quick before the best ones are gone.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

New Pericopinae from Peru

The Moths section at Insect Designs has just been updated with some interesting Pericopinae specimens from Peru. We now have singles listings for many of these with the photo shown in the listing being of the actual specimen being offered for sale. Where there are a number of the same species available, you will still find these for sale in the regular listings. Please visit soon for a browse.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

South African Natural History Photographer

Simon Joubert is a South African based natural history photographer and amateur entomological field worker.  He has, during the past 15 years, assisted in collecting and recording insect data from the eastern section of Southern Africa.  This information and data has been used by institutions such as the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife data bases and the South African Butterfly Conservation Assessment.  As a Natural History photographer Simon specialises in insects and flowers.  Images are provided to a number of Stock Photography web sites.  Recently Simon has produced a limited range of black and white images of collected items and butterflies as well as a range of colour images of museum specimen butterflies.  The butterflies used are all endemic to the South Eastern region of Southern Africa.  Please see Simon's web site for more images as well as the black and white range.