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Shopping for dead butterflies

Not to come off as creepy or Damien Hirst-like, I am currently on the market for dead butterflies. I believe the official term is specimens, but from what I've been shopping, I'll be receiving dried corpses so... same difference! I'm hunting these little buggers down for my next personal illustration project, which has been inspired by my recent trip to RISD's Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab, for a live animal study session. Amongst the live animals were many not-so-live animals, including a couple cases of mounted butterflies.

My illustration project is simple: I want to make faux mounted butterfly illustrations using my cut-paper technique. I want to make scientific renderings rather than generic forms, so I need to be able to study the real things. Since I am no butterfly expert, (though that does sound pretty sweet to me now!) I am plotting a trip to Cambridge to visit the Museum of Natural History. If they allow me to sketch, sketching will probably be it. Ideally I wo…