Shopping for a dear friend’s 40th birthday present today, I popped into the beautiful emporium that is One Rundle Trading.
In one of the front rooms I discovered an amazing array of mounted insects and arachnids – yes, real ones. I wondered where on Earth such a shop would one source such bizarre and compelling items. A small note on the reverse of the frames revealed a name: Bits and Bugs.
The company website presented the following information:
As company policy, b&b™ does not trade in endangered, rare or otherwise protected wildlife. No specimen is listed on CITES. We source some of our supplies of common, abundant insect species from Government regulated ranching cooperatives in many countries, your purchase actually aids environmental conservation rather than detracting from it.
Furthermore, all of our frames are not made from real wood. Ethical concerns over deforestation in many third world countries has led us to pioneer the use of timber substitute framing. All frames have glass fronts with a hook ready to hang.
Fancy any of these on your dining room wall?