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These gorgeous beetle wings are from Thailand! The species designation is Sternocera aequisignata. That may mean nothing to you, but I thought I'd throw it out there. The larvae bore through wood (om nom nom) before they eventually pupate and come out as gorgeous Buprestids (family name).

Why are these worth having?
The wings themselves are quite iridescent and instead of having pigment in their exoskeleton to cause the color they actually have structures that bounce light in special ways to make us see that color. That's... cool but why should you care? These wings have color that doesn't break down from UV light. Nothing else can do that! They're extremely sturdy even though when you first touch them the feel almost as if they're made of glass. They're extremely light for the amount of durability they have.

PHOTOS CAN'T DO THESE JUSTICE. They absolutely must be viewed in perspective to be fully appreciated.

I can try and pick 12 equally sized ones. There's some variation in how large they are. They're longer than a quarter. I think you could probably just barely fit these through a paper towel tube. If it isn't important that they're equally sized, let me know and I'll attempt to pair some out and make sure you get six of each wing-side.

Tricks to working with them
I find nail clippers really help when you're making sure that it lays flat. These are complete wings that I don't trim in advance. I want you to be able to have the most versatility possible.
They're really easy to drill with a small bit, but I personally prefer super glue on the back.

Apparently these are farmed in Thailand and regularly eaten and the elytra are just a byproduct of the food industry. I've heard this over and over. I've done ridiculous amounts of research to confirm this, but I am unable to. I don't think, if they weren't farmed, you could get this many of them. I am still working on figuring all this out but suspect if I ever want photographic proof I will have to go there myself on a research mission (highly unlikely).
All I can say is that these are probably sustainable. I'm confident enough that it's not too damaging that I am okay with having them. That says a lot.
Sara Klips (and a friendly and mellow tarantula)