Trend: Bugs in Décor

Modern Decor

While perusing the handmade goods at a local holiday handmade gift bazaar, we came face to face with a wall full of butterflies encased in Lucite. We were dumbstruck. It’s not like including bugs in décor is new—the idea’s been around as long as people have been collecting and cataloging bugs. There’s just something fascinating, curiosity-inducing and delightfully creepy about surrounding yourself with tragically beautiful and dead bugs.

We’ve noticed in the past few years a real resurgence in the use of bugs in décor. People aren’t usually incorporating entire collections, but it’s not unusual to see a bug incorporated into a wall art collage, table top vignette or some other unexpected place in the home. Looking to find some for your own home? Try Ben the Butterfly Guy’s Etsy shop for great butterflies under glass, or aquakej’s Etsy store for dynamic-looking insects for the home.

For those who aren’t too keen on having dead things in the home but like the way bugs look, there’s a more humane option. We came across (via Typefiend) the work of origami artist Taketori who creates little insects out of paper–so you get that insect aesthetic but don’t have to feel creepy about it.

Top images: Magazzini del Sale and Etsy
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  1. Jen

    Dec 14, 2010 at 8:33 am

    FYI, butterfly specimens from a reputable source are very humane. Most butterfly farms are in rainforest locations and their primary business is to raise live larvae for butterfly centers around the world. Butterflies only live an average of 3 days to 2 weeks, so you have a lot of left-over “breeders” when raising the larvae. The butterfly specimens are a secondary market. As a bonus, buying butterfly specimens helps independent farmers maintain the rainforest habitats.

  2. Ben the Butterfly Guy

    Oct 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Butterfly farming also increases the survival rate of larvae to butterfly 70 – 90 % increasing butterfly populations.

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