John has been observing, identifying, and collecting butterflies for 45 years. He was a biology and art major, with a particular interest in lepidoptera and has practiced his art through a variety of mediums. He's painted murals for businesses and enjoys sign painting, but he gets the most enjoyment from working with butterflies and insects. He also can identify most trees, wildflowers, and birds, so he's like the "Cliff Claven" of the trails.
Deb is a freelance writer, paddleboard and kayak enthusiast, and former student leadership facilitator who manages the business end of Insecta Etcetera. She also critiques the frames and manages the artist!
The Manns are most at home on the trails, in the woods, and on water.
John mounts and arranges butterflies and moths, from around the world, in frames to display the stunning diversity in color and wing shape. He also mounts and frames a wide array of insects like scorpions, tarantulas, colorful beetles, leaf insects, flying dragons, geckos, grasshoppers, damsel flies, and the great Jungle Nymph!
Keep checking our lineup of 2019 Art Shows where we sell most of our insect frames; we are adding several new shows this year. We are also selling our frames at the Duluth Folk School, and plan on opening an Etsy store this year. You can also purchase John's artwork by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, or call us for a price list. We have a far greater selection than what is shown below.
John is happy to talk to you about habitat preservation and answer your lepidoptera questions. He's part artist, part lepidopterist, part science teacher!
All of our butterflies, moths, and insects are either extremely common in their native habitat, or they are farm-raised for release and export. We buy them from the same types of sustainable sources where butterfly conservatories purchase their butterflies.
Butterfly farms and aviaries in third-world countries provide a sustainable business for local families. This income encourages people to support insect populations and protect their natural habitat, instead of promoting deforestation and the destruction of habitat. Protected habitat allows wild butterflies and insects to flourish.
No matter where you live, you can encourage butterflies to visit your home! Organic container gardens, wildflower or cultivated beds filled with cosmos, alyssum, aster, fennel, lavendar, verbena, zinnia, purple coneflower, marigolds, and oregano will draw them in.
If you have lawn space, plant milkweed, thistle, hollyhocks, lupine, and grasses, which will attract butterfly larvae.
The best and easiest thing you can do to support butterflies on a larger scale is to stop mowing a portion of your manicured lawn. Let the wild grasses and flowers replace turfgrass. You'll be providing a living laboratory for your children and grandchildren and habitat for insects and butterflies!
Connect with the natural world at Insecta Etcetera in Duluth, bringing vibrant colors into your home, and learn more about the butterflies, moths, and insects that inhabit our lands around the world.
Each of our shadowbox frames includes the genus, species, common name, and natural habitat location of the butterfly, moth, or insect that you purchase.