The man faced beetle (so called for obvious reasons) is actually a species of stink bug found in Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillippines, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Japan, and South Korea.
Our bug is the species Catacanthus Nigripes, from Lombok, Indonesia.
Man Faced Beetle
A stink bug from Indonesia with unique markings on its back
Size: frame 4″ wide x 4″ tall x 1″ deep; beetle .5″ wide x 1″ long
We bought these two beautiful butterflies at a a market in Charleston, South Carolina. We passed through the city during our 2 week road trip (which was amazing!). Since we heard about the recent news of the shooting in Charleston, we thought we would share something happy that came from this city.
This outdoor market had a lot of great stuff– it was a bit touristy at times, but if you’re ever in the area you should definitely check it out. There was food, jewelry, souvenirs, and these great wooden puzzle boxes we looked at for probably an hour!
We don’t know the species of butterflies unfortunately, but we thought they were too nice to pass up.
Two butterflies in a double glass shadowbox frame
Size: 4.75″ wide x 5.75″ tall x 1.25″ deep
From: Charleston, SC
This is one of the first butterflies we ever added to our collection (it’s technically M’s). We went to the World of Wings exhibit in New Jersey in February of 2014. There were some reptiles on display, but the main attraction was their butterfly exhibit, where every hour they would release the butterflies all around you in a special climate controlled room just for them.
Honestly I’m a little scared of butterflies because I don’t like bugs that can fly but this was a cool experience and I like how beautiful they are (as long as they’re dead).
We unfortunately don’t know what species of butterfly this one is, but it has beautiful black, white, orange, and yellow markings. We highly recommend the World of Wings exhibit if you’re ever in the area!
A butterfly displayed in glass with a wooden frame.
Size: butterfly 3″ wide x 1 1/2″ tall; frame 4 1/2″ wide x 4″ tall x 2″ deep
From: World of Wings Museum
Chalcosoma caucasus is also commonly referred to as a giant scarab beetle or atlas beetle. The atlas beetle is actually Chalcosoma atlas but they are both in the family Scarabaeidae. The caucasus beetle is one of the biggest insects in the world, with the males often measuring over 4 inches long. The males are the only ones with horns, which are used to fight other males over the females of the species.
Personally I don’t like bugs but it’s a great addition to our collection anyway!
One of the largest insects in the world, found in Asia
Size: 4″ long x 1.5″ wide x 1″ tall