ARE THESE REAL BUTTERFLIES? HOW ARE THEY FRAMED?
Yes – all of them are real and are expertly prepared to museum standards. They are mounted on conservation-grade foam in a hand-made, beautifully crafted deep case backed with Italian decorative paper. A great deal of care and attention to detail goes into each one to make sure that they are the highest quality available in Britain.
There are two types of frame - sealed and openable. The frame type can be found in the item description. If the frame is the openable type, you can choose whether or not to have a label in the display.
DO YOU DO COMMISSIONS?
Yes! If you have an idea of what it is that you are looking for (species, format, colours, labels) then please let me know! Send a description, link or sketch to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you.
DOES COLLECTING BUTTERFLIES ENDANGER THEIR SURVIVAL?
As far as possible, these butterflies are sourced from butterfly farms around the world. Income from the sale of butterflies provides the livelihoods for thousands of people, who in turn ensure the proper stewardship of the butterflies’ habitats to guarantee their supply. In other words, the incentive is to preserve the habitat to sustain the availability of butterflies rather than to slash it down for a quick cash crop.
None of the specimens for sale here are listed on Annexe A of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations nor in Appendix I, II or III of CITES.
The real danger for butterflies – and indeed all wildlife – is habitat destruction. Urbanisation, deforestation, and pesticide use all contribute to a declining biodiversity.
Farm sustainably! Return carbon to the soil! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
HOW SHOULD THE DISPLAYS BE LOOKED AFTER?
It’s always best to keep them out of direct sunlight because over time certain species fade, especially ones with a lot of red on them (Papilio rumanzovia and Cymothoe sangaris would be the most at risk here; oddly enough the red pigment on Heliconiinae species tends not to fade).
Use a dry cloth to dust the case – never use a wet cloth.
If the butterfly has pivoted on its pin, tap the opposite top corner from the wing that is highest and it will settle back in place. So if the butterfly has rotated clockwise and the left-hand wing is higher than the right, tap the right hand corner with your knuckle and it will come back into place. Even with the butterflies going through the post, I have never had this happen.
DO YOU HAVE ANY DISPLAYS WITHOUT LABELS?
Openable frames can have labels put in or taken out as you prefer. Sealed frames can't be changed once they have been made, so please check the photos and description to see whether there is a label in the frame. There are not many without labels - but if you want a specific one without a label, just ask! I can prepare it in a few days.
Profits from Callicore’s sales go directly to Lutengo Farm in Uganda, where I am working with my friend Basil Opio to create a fully sustainable organic farm centred on the production of eggs, mushrooms and passion fruit. For more information about the farm, and our focus on recycling, planting indigenous trees, and managing a farm in a sustainable manner, visit www.lutengo-farm.com
Callicores on the setting boards, with a newly-blooming phalaenopsis, a struggling cymbidium, two coleuses, a gazania which never recovered from a thrip invasion, and some cactuses. And a water bill.