Christopher Marley

Firey Birdwing Butterfly Specimen

  • Christopher Marley framed insect speciment for the natural history lover. Taxidermy for the modern home.

Christopher Marley

Firey Birdwing Butterfly Specimen

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Description

Mounted on 11"x14" white mat in black aluminum frame.

Endemic to a few remote Indonesian Islands, the Ornithoptera croesus, also known as Wallace's golden birdwing is one of the largest butterfly varieties on the planet and certainly one of the most striking.

Wallace recounts his capture of the butterfly in his book The Malay Archipelago (1869): "The beauty and brilliancy of this insect are indescribable, and none but a naturalist can understand the intense excitement I experienced when I at length captured it. On taking it out of my net and opening the glorious wings, my heart began to beat violently, the blood rushed to my head, and I felt much more like fainting than I have done when in apprehension of immediate death. I had a headache the rest of the day, so great was the excitement produced by what will appear to most people a very inadequate cause."

All of the organisms used by Christopher in his artwork were thoughtfully, responsibly and viably harvested with regards to preservation of species and respect of life. Each piece is created with careful attention to the flow of negative space, complimentary coloration, and the meticulous preparation and selection of each specimen. Colors are natural and are protected from fading by UV glass. Do not expose any of Christopher's pieces to high humidity or direct sunlight.