Rest in Pieces - Entomology

Insect pinning and display for beginners

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Rest in Pieces invites you to attend a day of Entomology.

Museum preparator Nicole Zehntner joins us to share her years of knowledge and experience pinning and preserving insect for museum collections.

Throughout the workshop Nic will teach you basic insect anatomy and safe handling of your specimens, including the correct use of entomology-specific tools and resources. She will demonstrate multiple rehydration and preservation styles and then you will get hands on with four different scientific and decorative pinning techniques using a variety of species including butterflies, moths, dragonflies and stag beetles. You will also learn repair and display techniques, so that your new found skills can be used to make beautiful displays at home. 

At the end of the day you will walk away with four pinned specimens including a feature specimen of either a Ulysses or Death's-head Hawk Moth which will be displayed in a shadow box. All tools, specimens, food, wine and aprons are included so that you can sit back and relax and enjoy the day.

Would you like to book one of our take home kits? If the answer is 'YES' simply select the kit option you would like in the Merchandise section. The name of the kit indicates the feature specimen in the kit.

Death's Head Hawkmoth kit

A Death's Head Hawkmoth to work on at home
Three butterflies, a dragonfly and a stag beetle
A complete set of the tools used in the workshop
A shadow box
List of instructions used on the day
Ulysses Butterfly kit contains the following:

A Ulysses butterfly to work on at home
Three butterflies, a dragonfly and a stag beetle
A complete set of the same tools used in the workshop
A shadow box
List of instructions used on the day
We also have other merchandise available to complement your Take Home Kit such as shadow boxes and glass domes.

Please note: if you are flying in for the workshop and want a take home kit, you will need to have checked-in luggage as the sharp items will not be accepted in hand luggage.

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What you will learn
  • How to rehydrate a specimen
  • 3 different pinning techniques for shaping and preserving your specimen
  • How to properly unpin, prepare and present your specimen
What you will get
  • 3 test specimens to practice on
  • 1 feature specimen (choice of either Ulysses Butterfly or Death's Head Hawkmoth)
  • Glass-fronted shadow box to mount your feature specimen in
  • Optional take home kit to work on your skills in your own time
  • All the tools required for the entomology experience

What to bring
  • Camera or camera phone
What to wear

Dress in layers to suit the Melbourne climate

Appropriate for

Anyone over the age of 16 with a love of science, insects and art.

Refund Policy

If you have purchased an item from us and it arrives damaged we will need photo evidence and the item returned. 

We will then refund you or ship you out a replacement. 

If you have booked a workshop ticket we understand that sometimes you just can't make a class. The best thing to do is to
contact us as soon as you can to let us know. If you give us 2 weeks notice, we can
offer to transfer you to the next scheduled class. This will incur a $10 admin fee.

If you need to cancel, with two weeks notice or more we will refund the full price of the
workshop, minus $50 booking fee, less than two weeks and we will refund 50% minus
$50 booking fee.

Unfortunately we wont be able to offer refunds for cancellations or transfers received
last minute - the day before the workshop or on the day of the workshop.

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Rest in Pieces or organised by Rest in Pieces must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Rest in Pieces.


I agree to give Rest in Pieces unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Rest in Pieces classes and events or on Rest in Pieces's premises. (For use of Rest in Pieces marketing materials).


See refund section


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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10 April 2019 • Rest in Pieces - Entomology

This course served as a great introduction and I am sad that it is no longer offered. I found it was also useful as a way to understand the fundamentals of similar but different programs. I’ve already been able to use this knowledge to create Christmas presents this past year.


27 November 2018 • Rest in Pieces - Entomology

Always a great day attended rest in peices work shop, everything was well explained and so much fun, I was laughing the whole day and came away with a beautiful framed butterfly. It’s always something I’ve wanted to learn. Highly recommend x


17 July 2018 • Rest in Pieces - Entomology

5 gold stars. 2 thumbs up. Welcoming, lovely, knowledgeable people sharing their time and skills. One of the best things I have ever done was sign up for and partake in the butterflies and bubbles class. Cannot praise or recommend to others enough.

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