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Insect Preservation Class - Melbourne

Insect Preservation Class - Melbourne

Beginner Workshop

Over 20 people have attended this class


Rest in Pieces invites you to explore the fascinating world of Insect Preservation. 

You don’t need to have any previous entomology or insect preservation knowledge to take part in this workshop. The Rest in Pieces team will teach you basic insect anatomy while guiding you through the processes of rehydration, specimen repair, pinning techniques for beetles and butterflies/moths and you will learn how to display your specimens.

At the end of the workshop, you will walk away with four pinned practice specimens: one closed-winged stag beetle, one open-winged stage beetle and two butterflies, in addition to your choice of feature specimen of either a Ulysses butterfly, a Death's-head hawkmoth or a beetle, which will be displayed in a shadow box.  

Everything will be supplied on the day including all your insect specimens, tools, shadow box, an apron, lunch and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the day. (Note, alcoholic beverages are only available for students 18+).

Booking Instructions:

Please ensure you list your preference of feature specimen in the booking form.

What if you are feeling inspired and want to continue working on your new insect preservation skills in your own time? What if you want to complete another feature specimen?

--> When you register for the workshop, you can choose the workshop + take home kit.

Workshop + Take Home Kit contains:

  • Your choice of feature specimen to work on - Ulysses butterfly, Death's-head hawkmoth or beetle
  • Five additional practice butterflies and one additional practice beetle
  • An additional shadow box
  • A complete set of the same tools and materials needed for the workshop 
  • A set of instructions, so you can follow the same process used in the workshop

We also have other merchandise available to complement your take home kit, packets of 10 mixed butterflies, shadow boxes, larger display cases and RIP aprons.

Flexible Payment Options:

To make life easier, you have the option to choose instalment billing at checkout. We recommend booking early so your payments are spread out.

Please note:

  • If you are flying in for the workshop and want a take home kit, you will need to have checked luggage as sharp items will not be accepted in hand-luggage. 
  • Make sure you notify us of any dietary requirements when you register.
  • Unfortunately, our studio is not fully accessible for wheelchair users. Do you have other accessibility requirements? Please contact us before you register for any of our workshops to make sure we can make the necessary adjustments to give you a great experience.
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What you will learn

  • How to rehydrate and repair specimens
  • Different pinning techniques for beetles and butterflies/moths
  • How to properly unpin, prepare and present your specimens

What you will get

  • 4 pinned practice specimens and 1 feature specimen - Ulysses butterfly, Death's-head hawkmoth or beetle
  • A glass-fronted shadow box to display your feature specimen
  • All the materials and tools needed for your insect preservation experience

What to bring

  • Camera or camera phone
  • We will be sitting for long periods - bring a cushion if it would make you more comfortable
  • A steady hand and good eye sight or glasses

What to wear

Dress in layers to suit a Melbourne warehouse climate

Appropriate for

Anyone over the age of 16 with a curious mind and love of science, animals or art.

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Natalie Delaney-John has travelled far and wide to learn the art of taxidermy and has been mentored by some of the world's best and most awarded taxidermists. She is the proud founder of Rest in Pieces, which launched Australia's first taxidermy workshops, conducts talks, demonstrations and now sells DIY kits so that you can learn this beautiful art in the comfort of your own home.

Since 2016, the Rest in Pieces team has expanded further into the 'dying arts', offering new classes and workshops aimed at preserving and presenting natural specimens. 

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5.0 (15 reviews)
Mollyrated it
01 Jun 2023
This was a fantastic class to be apart of! I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for an interesting experience and an easy intro into pinning preserved insects. The instructors are absolutely lovely, highly informative and the class is paced really well - making following the steps a relaxing and fun learning process.
Carlrated it
29 May 2023
Such a fun day! Made to feel welcome like a member of the family. Learnt so much while having a laugh the whole day. 10/10 would recommend!
Mayarated it
29 May 2023
My partner and I had a fabulous day at the Rest in Pieces studio. Nat and Karen were amazing hosts, explained the art of insect preservation very well which made it seem so easy, and looked after us with food and drinks. I can't wait to apply my new knowledge to some more specimen. In fact, I already bought some insects and scrolled through Google to see where I can get more. It is truly a fun hobby and addictive. Can only recommend.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a credit note.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$50.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$10.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

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' 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. Class cancellations may occur where necessary, for example where class bookings do not meet minimum numbers.

5.) COVID-19

Students agree not to attend classes if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or if they have been advised to self-isolate in line with government restrictions. 

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