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Discover the amazing world of entomological pinning with instructors Justin and Clara! Experienced pinning instructor Justin Torone from Rest In Pieces joins forces with Lepidopterist and the Garden’s former Butterflies LIVE! Coordinator Clara Aus to offer this informative and immersive experience. Participants will be led through guided pinning of the Giant Blue Morpho butterfly, Morpho didius, as well as learn about its unique adaptations, life cycle, and natural history (specimens provided). Students will leave with their own pinned Morpho didius, a frame, handouts, pinning supplies for future projects, and the confidence to continue pinning on their own. Justin and Clara have different backgrounds in entomology and experience with a variety of pinning methods but share their deep passion for insects. Two unique instructors = twice the learning and twice the fun!

Fees: Member $75, Non-Member $87

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required.

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Register Member $75

Register Non-Member $87

Friday, July 12, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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About the Instructors

Clara AusClara Aus is an avid bug collector and artist, having pinned hundreds of insect specimens for her personal collection as well as for Dr. Karen Kester’s VCU Bug Lab collection. A lifelong passion for insects led her to join the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden team in the M&T Bank Butterflies LIVE! Exhibit. In 2023, Clara became the Butterflies LIVE! Coordinator, and she currently works in the Children’s Garden as an Educator. She enjoys pollinator gardening, reading the latest Entomology research, and educating others about insects! Clara hopes to strengthen engagement with the community about how we can help native pollinators in Virginia and the surrounding states by planting native plants, being environmentally friendly, and raising awareness.

Justin ToroneWith what feels like an unmatched enthusiasm, Rest in Pieces store owner Justin Torone is a leading pioneer of oddities in Virginia. His strong DIY mentality and passion has led him to procure some of the strangest items from around the globe over the past 10 years. Justin is committed to education and teaches entomology, anatomy and osteology classes focused on creating specimens that will last a lifetime. Justin and Rest in Pieces have cemented themselves as Virginia’s destination for all that is odd and unusual.