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DIY Entomology Kit - Empress Cicada Spreading and Pinning Set (Specimen + Tools Included)

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DIY Entomology Kit - Empress Cicada Spreading and Pinning Set (Specimen + Tools Included)

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Overview

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  • Handmade item
  • Craft type: Framing
  • Materials: Megapomponia imperatoria, spreading board, insects, pins
  • Favorited by: 157 people
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Ready to ship in 2–3 weeks
From Chicago, IL
No returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order. See return policy

Description

The empress cicada, Megapomponia imperatoria, is the world's largest cicada!

Learn how to spread cicada specimens all by yourself! Each kit contains an empress cicada specimen and everything you need to spread it at home. This makes an amazing gift for people of all ages!

All specimens are sourced from a cicada farm in southeast Asia (Borneo), where they metamorphosize and spend their lives eating tree sap before they die of natural causes. They are then collected and packaged for entomology enthusiasts alike.

Each kit includes the following:
-One naturally deceased empress cicada
-A hydration chamber and sponge
-Illustrated instructions on how to prepare and preserve the specimen, plus aftercare
-Instructions for adding the specimen to a shadow box (shadow box costs extra, please use the "request custom order" button on this listing if you wish to purchase a shadow box for an additional $20 - WAIT UNTIL I RESPOND to check out, because I can't bill you extra for the box if you just buy the kit by itself)
-A spreading board
-A set of black entomology pins
-A set of thick stock strips for securing the wings as they dry
-A cardboard box for storage

This listing is for ONE empress cicada spreading kit. Your kit will be packed to order and will ship by the estimated date listed when you place your order.

You WILL NOT receive the exact items pictured. Cicadas may vary slightly in size because nature likes to create individuals. Parts of the kits may vary slightly in size because I cut the boards by hand and assemble everything myself. Please contact me prior to leaving a review if there are any issues with your specimen so that I can fix it!

United States shipping ONLY due to high exportation costs of regulated specimens. Sorry, international folks!

If you need rush shipping or you need your order by a specific date, please ask BEFORE you pay for your order.

See my butterfly & moth spreading kit here: www.etsy.com/listing/269293636/

I offer a range of entomology and taxidermy classes. Register here: www.mickeyalicekwapis.com

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Each kit is assembled in my tiny sunlit studio in Chicago. Your purchase will ship packed in a combination of recycled and new materials in order to ensure it arrives safely. Please recycle when possible.

Please favorite my shop to get updates when I add new items: www.etsy.com/shop/mickeyalicekwapis
Join my mailing list for coupon codes and sale announcements: www.mickeyalicekwapis.com
Follow along on Instagram: @mickeyalicekwapis
Follow along on Twitter: @kwapiskwapis
Follow along on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mickeyalicekwapis

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Wholesale is also available. I am not a part of the Etsy Wholesale program due to high membership fees for buyers and sellers, but instead, you can order directly from me. If you are interested in becoming a stockist, I have a line sheet available. You can request a copy by emailing hello [!at] mickeyalicekwapis.com. Thank you!
The empress cicada, Megapomponia imperatoria, is the world's largest cicada!

Learn how to spread cicada specimens all by yourself! Each kit contains an empress cicada specimen and everything you need to spread it at home. This makes an amazing gift for people of all ages!

All specimens are sourced from a cicada farm in southeast Asia (Borneo), where they metamorphosize and spend their lives eating tree sap before they die of natural causes. They are then collected and packaged for entomology enthusiasts alike.

Each kit includes the following:
-One naturally deceased empress cicada
-A hydration chamber and sponge
-Illustrated instructions on how to prepare and preserve the specimen, plus aftercare
-Instructions for adding the specimen to a shadow box (shadow box costs extra, please use the "request custom order" button on this listing if you wish to purchase a shadow box for an additional $20 - WAIT UNTIL I RESPOND to check out, because I can't bill you extra for the box if you just buy the kit by itself)
-A spreading board
-A set of black entomology pins
-A set of thick stock strips for securing the wings as they dry
-A cardboard box for storage

This listing is for ONE empress cicada spreading kit. Your kit will be packed to order and will ship by the estimated date listed when you place your order.

You WILL NOT receive the exact items pictured. Cicadas may vary slightly in size because nature likes to create individuals. Parts of the kits may vary slightly in size because I cut the boards by hand and assemble everything myself. Please contact me prior to leaving a review if there are any issues with your specimen so that I can fix it!

United States shipping ONLY due to high exportation costs of regulated specimens. Sorry, international folks!

If you need rush shipping or you need your order by a specific date, please ask BEFORE you pay for your order.

See my butterfly & moth spreading kit here: www.etsy.com/listing/269293636/

I offer a range of entomology and taxidermy classes. Register here: www.mickeyalicekwapis.com

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Each kit is assembled in my tiny sunlit studio in Chicago. Your purchase will ship packed in a combination of recycled and new materials in order to ensure it arrives safely. Please recycle when possible.

Please favorite my shop to get updates when I add new items: www.etsy.com/shop/mickeyalicekwapis
Join my mailing list for coupon codes and sale announcements: www.mickeyalicekwapis.com
Follow along on Instagram: @mickeyalicekwapis
Follow along on Twitter: @kwapiskwapis
Follow along on Facebook: www.facebook.com/mickeyalicekwapis

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Wholesale is also available. I am not a part of the Etsy Wholesale program due to high membership fees for buyers and sellers, but instead, you can order directly from me. If you are interested in becoming a stockist, I have a line sheet available. You can request a copy by emailing hello [!at] mickeyalicekwapis.com. Thank you!

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I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations

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I will gladly replace your order if your purchase was damaged upon arrival. If this is the case, please send the broken or damaged item back and contact me so I can either fix it or replace it, or issue a refund if it is not repairable.

Due to abuse of my previous policies, I no longer accept order cancellations.

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