I’ve been busy with a new passion/hobby of mine this summer. I’ve started collecting insect specimens for my very first Entomology collection. The fascination with nature has always been present in my life and I admire the shapes, colours and intricate designs of our beautiful planet. As I’ve always been collecting small items I found lying around in nature like stones, feathers, pieces of wood and dry flowers, an idea struck one day to collect insects as well.
Moths to me are some of the most beautiful insects alive and I could say that I might be more fond of them than butterflies, therefore, most of this beautiful little collection of mine consists of moth specimens. All of my insects have been found in this state on my walks, on windowsills in my workplace or I’ve been sent them by my friends whom I’ve asked to be on the lookout for any dead bugs they might find.
I guess that does not make me a conventional Entomologist per se as I don’t attract and kill my specimens, however, it is very interesting to me how many I’ve managed to find just by deciding I want to. They started popping up everywhere! I’m very fortunate to have found so many different insect varieties apart from moths and butterflies as well, like beetles and cicada shells. Beside my creepy-crawly friends I’ve also added pieces of a wasp nest, small bird feathers and an empty snail shell to the collection. So there you have it. My strange little hobby that to my astonishment has been much more accepted than I thought it would be at first. I’m hoping to find more beautiful unique insects come warmer months next year. Maybe I’ll even do an update of my finds at the end of each year :).