Saturday, September 01, 2007

Resin insect blocks

This new magazine about bugs and insects has free specimens with each issue, preserved in resin blocks.

Each real (dead) insect specimen has apparently been specially grown on farms, specifically for this series of magazines. And 'none of the species are threatened or endangered'.

It's a strange idea to breed large quantities of creatures, just to kill them and embed them in resin, to provide authentic freebies in a mass-produced magazine series. It seems a bit creepy. Doesn't anyone like plastic or wobbly rubber insects any more...?

1 comment:

Rafael said...

I think its a nice idea. How many kids have the possibility to be that near to a true scorpion like the one in the picture? And think about studying, biology can be much more interesting with real specimens.