John has been observing, identifying, and collecting butterflies for 65 years. He was a biology and art major, with a particular interest in Lepidoptera. He’s practiced his art through a variety of mediums, but he gets the most enjoyment from working with butterflies and insects. 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 other arthropods like scorpions, tarantulas, colorful beetles, leaf insects, grasshoppers, and dragonflies.
Deb is a former student leadership facilitator and freelance writer who manages the business end of Insecta Etcetera. She writes the Insecta Etcetera blog posts. She also critiques the frames and manages the artist!
The Manns are most at home on the trails, in the woods, and on water.
Learn More about Insecta EtceteraJohn Mann’s Insecta Etcetera took flight after a lifetime of identifying, collecting, and preserving butterflies gathered from across world. John’s education and background in art and biology, specifically entomology and lepidoptera, provides him the expertise to create stunning, unique art pieces that bring the natural world indoors. Insecta Etcetera's insects are beautifully arranged in shadow box frames that offer one-of-a-kind wall art that creates conversations and educates the public.
Sustainable Business PracticesOur 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.
Invite Butterflies & Insects to Your GardenNo 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, lavender, 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 butterflies. However, 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 wildflowers replace turfgrass. You'll be providing a living laboratory for your children and grandchildren and habitat for insects and butterflies!