FAQs

How are your specimens sourced?
View our insect ethics policy HERE.
View our animal ethics policy HERE.

What does "A2" mean?
(A1) = perfect / nearly perfect quality (small amount of rubbed wings).
(A / A-) = good but with damage (larger chip, rubbed wings)
(A2) = second quality, clear imperfections 

- If there is anything wrong with a specimen, we have written about it in the description of the listing. Please ensure you've read all descriptions & checked all photos of the pieces you intend on purchasing to avoid any disappointment. 

Do you take commissions?
Commissions are something we do on a case-by-case basis. Generally, we do not accept commissions for frames however you're welcome to request a certain insect species & if we are able to source it for you, we are happy to. 
If you have a pet pass & you're wanting to have it preserved as a wet specimen, we are also happy to help. In saying that, unfortunately we cannot work with natives or reptiles due to Australia's laws & licensing. We are always up for a challenge when processing wet specimens - we have even preserved human ovaries!
We do not take commissions for traditional taxidermy mounts.

Do I need to do anything to maintain my frames or domes?
All pieces are permanently preserved and can last decades with proper care. Do not open your frame or remove the seal we have put in place. Keep your pieces out of direct sunlight or excess humidity. Do not leave them unattended in a box for long periods of time. Click HERE to read more about maintaining your collection. Oddity Bug Club will not be responsible for any damage caused by improper care.

In the off chance you notice dust-like specks inside of your frame, this may be book lice. Place the piece into the freezer for at least 3 days to kill off anything living, remove for a couple of days and then repeating the first step to kill any unhatched eggs. Closely monitor the rest of your collection during this period as you may have to isolate them. Read more about this HERE.

Wet & Diaphonised specimen care:
Wet & diaphonised specimens are housed in liquids and their photographed positions may move in transit or as time passes sitting on a shelf. Neither liquids are toxic if touched, however please be cautious nonetheless. 
In regards to wet specimens, the alcohol may need to be topped up or changed over time. This is normal. You will require 70% isopropyl alcohol, which can be found at most chemists and supermarkets for under $10.

Can I change my frames colour?

You sure can! Any of our frames can be changed to black or white and some of our rectangle frames are offered in our natural oak colour. Leave a note at checkout if you’re wanting to switch out your frame’s colours or contact our socials to confirm if the colour you’re wanting is possible.

How do you preserve them?
For most bugs, they naturally preserve themselves! All insects are invertebrates, meaning they have exoskeletons. These exoskeletons keep the outside looking perfect. For butterflies and moths, the wings maintain pigment because of the thousands of tiny scales. These scales can shed which you will see if you rub a butterfly’s wing and glittery dust comes off. So long as the scales stay on the wings, the butterflies will keep their colour!

 

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