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Rest in Pieces invites you to explore the fascinating world of Insect Preservation.

You don’t need to have any previous entomology or insect preservation knowledge to take part in this workshop. The Rest in Pieces team will teach you basic insect anatomy while guiding you through the processes of rehydration, specimen repair, pinning techniques for beetles and butterflies/moths and you will learn how to display your specimens.

At the end of the workshop, you will walk away with four pinned practice specimens: one closed-winged stag beetle, one open-winged stage beetle and two butterflies, in addition to your choice of feature specimen of either a Ulysses butterfly, a Death’s-head hawkmoth or a beetle, which will be displayed in a shadow box.



What you'll get

Workshop Take-Home Kit Contains

  • Your choice of feature specimen to work on – Ulysses butterfly, Death’s-head hawkmoth or beetle
  • Five additional practice butterflies and one additional practice beetle
  • An additional shadow box
  • A complete set of the same tools and materials needed for the workshop
  • A set of instructions, so you can follow the same process used in the workshop

We also have other merchandise available to complement your take-home kit, packets of 10 mixed butterflies, shadow boxes, larger display cases and RIP aprons.

what to bring

Everything will be supplied on the day including all your insect specimens, tools, shadow box, an apron, lunch and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the day. (Note, alcoholic beverages are only available for students 18+).