Dying to Know - Insect Preservation Online Class | WeTeachMe

Dying to Know - Insect Preservation

Online Demonstration

Live via Zoom
Over 100 people have attended this class


The Rest in Pieces Team has joined forces with the Gympie Bone Museum to bring you Dying to Know - A live demonstration of insect preservation. 

Natalie Delaney-John will take you through the basics of 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.

The first session will run on Monday the 17th of January from 6 - 9pm and will showcase butterfly spreading and pinning.

The second session will run on Tuesday the 18th of January from 6 - 9pm and will demonstrate stag beetle pinning in closed and open wing poses. 

You can book in for one or both sessions. 

You will learn the techniques on how to complete this fascinating process at home, will have the opportunity to ask questions and will have the option to purchase the e-book, book or DIY kit. 

Once the session is complete you will be invited to join the Dying to know exclusive facebook page where you can add pictures of your creations and continue to pick our brains. 

If you can't attend the live session, you will have access to a filmed version for 10 days after the event. 

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What you will learn

  • The process of Insect Preservation

What you will get

  • A full demonstration

What to bring

  • A pen and paper and a beverage of choice

What to wear

What ever you feel comfy in

Appropriate for

Anyone with a curious mind!

Rest in Pieces

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Taxidermy - Taxis 'arrangement' + Derma 'skin'

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 (17 reviews)
Jaquierated it
20 Jan 2022
These two classes were professional, in-depth, and exceeded my expectations with the seperate hand cam so that you could see exactly what was happening, up close. Rest in Pieces are very passionate about what they do, and it shows in their work. I feel that I could confidently rehydrate, pin, and preserve butterflies and beetles without needing to go back and see what needs to be done again. This is because they don’t bombard you with an overload of unnecessary info like other classes sometimes do, and they take their time doing every step at a great pace that makes it’s all perfect to take in and remember. Thank you so much for these great online classes!
Abbierated it
19 Jan 2022
Absolutely wonderful class! Informative, thoroughly explained, easy to follow. Highly recommend to anyone with a curious mind.
Catherinerated it
19 Aug 2021
These online classes were super fun and full of great information! I really appreciate the online classes making this accessible during the pandemic! Thank you!
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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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