Thursday, September 5, 2013

One Dead Moth

Serena picks up lots of "stuff" on her walks and paper route - mostly flower petals, leaves, pebbles, branches, and the occasional lost trinkets. Sometimes little dead critters.

"Look at this beautiful moth! I must take it home! Do you know how to preserve it, mom? I want to flatten its wings."

"Do we have to?" was all I was thinking.

Thankfully there're many creative homeschool moms out there and we found step-by-step instructions on how to preserve a butterfly or moth.

First we had to "relax" the moth with moisture so the wings wouldn't be too brittle to handle.

After a few days in the spa-in-a-bottle, our moth was ready to spread its wings. Using tweezers Serena carefully opened the wings and pinned the moth on wax paper covered styrofoam to dry.

Somewhere along the way she found another dead moth. Go figure. So it's added to the collection.

After a few days of drying and acupuncture, the moths were freed from the pins and ready to be live (dead) models. Serena accented her masterpiece with some of her dried flowers.

An original 3-D piece of nature art!


  1. Love the way you presented this.
    Well done.Love Nanny & Papa

  2. I agree Serena! Beautiful art work in your presentation of nature here!