I've been in love with butterflies since my best friend bough me a butterfly from her trip overseas. She was so sweet to be thinking of me on her trip and I was so exited to have a beautiful purple butterfly in my home. I wanted to expand my butterfly collection but first I wanted to do research on how the butterflies are obtained by vendors. I found out something very interesting. If you find the right vendor they obtain butterflies from natives who have butterfly farms to help support themselves instead of cutting down their rain forest.
I went in search and I found this wonderful vendor who has butterflies where I could spread them myself and make a real butterfly dome.
Here is what you will need:
1/8 Acrylic tubes (Found Here)
Michael's orange butterfly
Spreading butterflies took me a week to do. Click here to see tutorials on how to spread butterflies and also where I purchase the butterflies. The butterflies I got are called Fire Red Longwing and Symothoe Sangaris. I found that the bigger the butterfly the better it is to spread.
It was very simple to make the base of my terrarium all you will need is to hot glue the acrylic rods to the butterflies and then to the base. You will need to glue the butterflies to the rod before the base because you want to make sure you have enough space between each butterfly. The last thing you want to do is damage the fragile butterflies. Once the butterflies and the acrylic rods are glued to the base add your moss.
I got moth crystals because it help keep little insects from eating up the butterflies as time passes.
Now for those who wish not to like the idea of spreading your own butterflies I have a good solution. I also got fake butterflies at Michael's and I use them to make another terrarium with a purple tea pot.
The butterflies already came with a long wire that I just hot glued to the wooden base and covered it with moss. It took about ten minutes to do and super simple.
You have two wonderful options to make a butterfly terrarium in a glass dome.