A few years ago I became very interested in insect and arachnid specimens. I always liked seeing the taxonomy mounts of museums and biological institutions. So, naturally I wanted to take them home with me! Living in Houston, I’d visited the Cockrell Butterfly Center numerous times. Each time I’d visit I would see the specimens for sale in the overpriced gift shop [good cause and all] and pass them up since I didn’t want to spend the money.

Well then one year, my birthday came around and I suggested some of my friends maybe purchase one or two or 20 mounted specimens. I got my wish! Two of my dear friends pooled together and got me a lovely mounted specimen set.

Mounted specimen

So, then like most things, this sets off the frenzy of I WANT MORE…ALL THE SPECIMENS!!! I found a really awesome website that mounts specimens and frames them very well. They were pretty affordable, I just needed to exercise some restraint and purchase them in waves. I purchased a Monarch mount and a Lantern Fly mount. I received the shipment unboxed them and was VERY pleased!

I had planned on buying a leaf insect, a few random beetles, spiders, and assorted bugs. I just had to wait until the next paycheck to buy the leaf insect. While those two weeks passed I would see the mounted insects on the wall and “squeee” with delight. But then, I started to think about this little creature was in fact a living thing that someone had to kill to mount for me. Granted the life of an insect is not one for the history books, generally…but alas…I started getting the “guilties”.

So I came up with the “brilliant” idea of painting my own little insects. This way it would save a life, and I could enjoy specimens without guilt. Thus, my Bugs-Under-Glass Series began.