Literally, Wonder Cabinet.
Wunderkammerns started up in the early 1500s, when collectors would assemble curiosities from expeditions, voyages, and excursions into the natural world. They’d dedicate shelves, cabinets, or entire rooms to their “wonders,” showcasing everything from seashells, feathers, minerals to insects, horns, and animal skeletons.
Wonder cabinets extol the virtues of exploration, curiosity, and wonder. They align scientific learning with entertainment.
Our collection of wunderkammern insects are preserved between two plates of Plexiglas, framed in understated wood, so the marvel of the insect takes center stage. Specimens are collected by entomologists and other field experts and are sourced responsibly from tropical and subtropical insect farms.
BRUSH FOOTED BUTTERFLY- EUNICAA CHLOROCHROA Originates in Peru. These are exceptionally strong fliers and use only four legs to walk on that are extremely hairy
AQUA GREEN WEEVIL - EUPHOLUS SCHOENHERRI: Originates in Indonesia. The bright color of these weevils prevent predators from devouring them; distasteful.
CAPER WHITE BUTTERFLY - BELENOIS CALYPSO: Originates in Sub-Saharan Africa. This butterfly is a homebody, never migrating far from its forested African homeland.
DEAD-LEAF MANTID - DEROPLATYS DESSICATA: Originates in Indonesia. Talk about playing dead to protect yourself from a predator. This little guy is the master of disguise.
EUROPEAN PEACOCK Butterfly - INACHIS IO: Originates in Central Europe. The peacock style eyes on the wings of this butterfly serve as an effective distraction from predators.
GIANT BLUE MORPHO BUTTERFLY - MORPHO DIDIUS: Originates in Peru. These iridescent butterflies have captured the fascination of humans throughout the centuries, including the tsars, emperors and kings of Europe.
THE GOLDEN SCARAB - CHRYSINA Resplendens: Originates in Central America. The unique structure of the exoskeleton, or shell of the beetle, appears to shine like gold due to the way light reflects off of its shell.
GIANT DAMSELFLY - MECISTOGASTER LINEARIS: Originating in Peru this member of the dragonfly family feasts in mid flight on spiders plucked from their own webs.
FLAME BEETLE - TORYNORRHINA FLAMMEA: Originates in Thailand. This beetle can be found in a wide variety of beautiful colors such as cobalt blue, emerald green, scarlet and red.
METALMARK BUTTERFLY - LYROPTERYX APOLLONIA: Originates in Peru. This rare butterfly can be found in the tropical rainforests of South America.
GREEN STAG BEETLE - LAMPRIMA ADOLPHINAE: Originates in indonesia. This stag beetle has saw teeth on its mandibles for fighting.
BLOOD RED GLIDER - CYMOTHOE SANGARIS: Originates in the Central African Republic. This striking red butterfly suns itself and displays its color high in the treetops where it spends most of its days.
LUNA MOTH - ACTIAS LUNA: Originates in the United States of America. The Luna moth can not only look like a leaf itself but chooses the underside of a leaf as a safe location to lay its eggs.
COMMON MAP BUTTERFLY - CYRESTIS THYODAMAS: Originates in Thailand. Whilst the females are rarely seen the males can often be found on rocks and near rivers imbibing moisture and soaking up the sunlight.
BLUE CRACKER BUTTERFLY - HAMADRYAS AMPHINOME: Originates in Peru. The name derives from the male's ability to make a cracking noise with its wings to both drive off rivals and to attract a mate.
WALKING LEAF INSECT - PHYLLIUM GIGANTEUM: Originates in Malaysia. This species is special not only for its amazing camouflage abilities but for the fact that almost all of the living species are female. Males are known to exist but as the females can reproduce alone it is not known what purpose they serve.
THE EMMA SPOTTED SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY - PAPILIO ANTENOR: Originates in Madagascar. These large butterflies are sometimes mistaken for birds. When in their larval state they are one of few insects which eat the poisonous vine “brithwort”.
GHOST BRIMSTONE BUTTERFLY - ANTEOS CLORINDE: Originates in Peru. This species relies on the Buck-thorn plant for the laying and incubation of its eggs and as a result it is a highly traveled insect, being found in Asia, Europe and North Africa.
MEADOW WANDERER BUTTERFLY - SALLY PECHUELI: Originates in the Central African Republic. As its name suggests this small butterfly wanders through the meadows loving its bright open areas.
PAPER KITE BUTTERFLY - IDEA IDEA IDEA: Originates in Indonesia. Named quite obviously for its looks the Paper Kite Butterfly has semi translucent wings with black spots resembling paper and ink.
MISTLETOE BEETLE - STEPHANORRHINA GUTTATA: Originates in Nigeria. Containing bright reds and greens this beetles Christmas themed color scheme earns it the Mistletoe name.
SUNSET MOTH - URANIA RIPHEUS : Originates in Madagascar. The colors on the wings of this moth are of a type and a shade that their flapping wings creates a Kaleidoscope effect when viewed with the human eye.
PEARL MORPHO BUTTERFLY - MORPHO SULKOWSKI: Originates in Peru. The beautiful iridescent pearl hint to their wings changes their appearance based on the angle they are viewed from.
THE MONARCH - DANAUS PLEXIPPUS: Originates in the United States of America. One of the best known butterflies in the world. Originating in the Americas, it has since spread all around the world for Europe to Australia
CAPER WHITE BUTTERFLY - BELENOIS CALYPSO: Originates in the Central African Republic. These butterflies are commonly seen around the forests and Savannah of sub Saharan Africa. However you would be more likely to encounter a female in flight, as the males spend much of their time on or near to the ground.
BULLET JEWEL BEETLE - STERNOCERA SP. Originates in Thailand. These insects live in and around wood. As such these amazing creatures have developed the ability to smell burning wood from over 50 miles away.
COMMON CLUBTAIL BUTTERFLY - PAPILIO COON. Originates in Indonesia. This unique butterfly is named for the spatulate appendages on the back of its wings.
CICADA - TOSENA SPLENDIDA: Originates in Thailand. With their name being a Latin translation of ‘Tree Cricket’, the Cicada is known for its loud mating call. It is created through the movement of its wings and is especially loud and noticeable at night.
BANDED JEWEL BEETLE - CHRYSOCHROA BUQUETI RUGICOLLIS: Originates in Thailand. These unique and beautiful insects possess a wonderful variety of colors in particular their wonderfully bright and sparkly upper body section.
BLUE MORPHO BUTTERFLY - MORPHO RHETENOR RHETENOR: Originates in Guyana. In order to compensate for their striking blue upper side they have a dark leaf like brown underside which helps to no end when it comes to hiding from predators.
BRUSH-FOOTED BUTTERFLY - PERISAMA EURICLEA: Originates in Peru. This species are also known as four footed butterflies as they have only 4 legs which they use to stand. Their “Brush footed” name comes from their reduced hairy forelegs.
AQUA GREEN WEEVIL - EUPHOLUS SCHOENHERRI: Originates in Indonesia. Belonging to the beetle family and because of the elongated portion of their head Weevils are often known as snout beetles.
LEOPARD LACEWING BUTTERFLY - CETHOSIA CYANE: Originates in Thailand. This speedy butterfly might be hard to catch, but its lace like patterning makes it worth the chase.
INDIAN DEAD-LEAF BUTTERFLY - KALLIMA INACHUS: Originates in India. This fascinating butterfly serves as one of the best examples of beauty and camouflage in one impressive package.
GOLDEN SCARAB BEETLE - CHRYSINA: Originates in Central America. This is one of the most simply beautiful and sought after beetles in the world. The jewel scarab beetle's unique ability to reflect polarized light gives the insect its golden sheen.
LEPRIEUR'S GLORY BUTTERFLY - CALLITHEA LEPRIEURI: Originates in Peru. This butterfly is unique in that it is one of few species which has an underside which is more visually striking and impressive than its top side.
EUROPEAN PEACOCK BUTTERFLY - INACHIS IO: Originates in Europe. This species receives its name quite obviously from the eye like patterns on its wings which closely resemble those found on the displaying feathers of a Peacock.
GIANT BLUE SWALLOWTAIL - PAPILIO ZALMOXIS: Originates in the Central African Republic. Despite it being an African species the Swallowtails scientific name Papilio zalmoxis comes from the name of an ancient Thracian Romanian deity Zalmoxis.