Anshul Fernando is an interesting guy. He’s an artist based in Canada that creates very lovely pieces with butterflies and other exotic insects. In this video, he walks you through the process of “relaxing” and spreading a dead insect specimen. Towards the end he also discusses the cost of a butterfly, supply and demand, and the use and farming of endangered species:
We’ve had some really interesting discussions here about the use of dead insect specimens in art. Fernando is actively involved in sourcing his insects, including setting up a foundation that promotes the production of birdwings in captive breeding programs. (Although the exact status of that foundation is a bit murky; I wasn’t able to find much info about it).
Is getting people to think about and value pretty insect species from far away worth promoting a trade in dead insects?
(i.e, Promote biodiversity!….um, by killing lots of things and displaying their bodies.) Does it really reduce poaching of wild populations to encourage insect breeding projects?
I think it balances out. You?
(Can: Open. Worms: Everywhere)