Matt and I visited a thrift store I’ve never been to the other day (I know shocking!). If you’re in the Denver area, check out Demi’s Treasures & Thrift Store. We actually came to pick up this cabinet:
Matt had been in and seen it a few days before and thought I would probably want it. He was right! It’s a really interesting kinda stand alone cabinet with great mid-century legs.
I got a bit carried away when photographing it… but I got such neat shots and textures from it. I’m sure I’ll use them for different graphics projects in future:
Flipping through the pages of this enormous tome I found what I thought were moths squished between the pages:
I figured they were from around Colorado, and I looked up some moth identification guides for the area and found no species that looked remotely like them.
I tried a different approach, and just searched their description. Finally I got a name, Apollo butterflies. Or more specifically these insects are of the order Lepidoptera, family Papilionidae, subfamily Parnassiinae, genus Parnassius.
There are hundreds of species of Apollos, they live in a variety of high altitude areas in the Himalayas, and Americas. Due to their limited migration areas, this genus is especially vulnerable to genetic drift hence the wide variety of species. I didn’t try very hard to ID the exact species that my little butterflies are; it’s very difficult to start without a region they were found in. Presumably they didn’t come from Asia, but one of the offshoots that made it to the high altitude areas of the west coast. I found nothing that said Apollo butterflies can live in Colorado. In any case they are pretty; I would like to frame them at some point.
Do you like the home decor trend of framed specimens or do you think insects of any description belong outside? Let me know below!