Bug Under Glass

Framed Skeletonized Purple Mountain Swallowtail Butterfly Collection


The butterfly species Graphium weiskei is highly prized because of its incredible combination of vibrant colors that include purple, pink, green, blue, and white on a black background.  Its common name is the Purple Mountain Swallowtail and is the only swallowtail that has purple on its wings. Living in forested mountain areas, this butterfly has adapted to the cooler high elevation temperatures by evolving a “fur coat” around its mid-area, which helps prevent heat loss.

This unique science oddity features a Graphium weiskei butterfly that has had its scales removed paired with an intact specimen. The amazing thing about this butterfly is that while most butterflies have their colors on their scales, this one has color on the wing membrane.

DISPLAY NAME: Full Purple Mountain Swallowtail 
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Graphium weiskei
LOCALITY: Papua New Guinea
  • Please note: specimens may vary in size and appearance since they're each unique and real!
  • UV blocking glass, museum quality shadowbox frame, sustainably harvested insect specimen. 
  • Length: 11". Width: 9". Height: 1.25".
  • Sustainably assembled in San Francisco, CA. 
  • Found at Thieves Next Door. 
  • Fragile shipping rates apply. 

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"Are those bugs real?" A question we are asked on a weekly basis regarding the framed butterflies in our stores, the answer always being an enthusiastic yes! Our Bug Under Glass pieces, handcrafted by Kevin Clarke, are always a conversation starter -- in our store and in our customer's homes. All of the B.U.G. works are hand assembled by Kevin, who sources the insects from sustainable bug farms in a variety of tropical locations. These bug farms help boost the economies of these host countries, and also assist in preserving natural flora and ecosystems in which the butterflies are able to thrive. We love Kevin's mission to both beautify and educate the masses about these gorgeous species! Perfectly capturing the kind of exotic beauty that only nature can produce, these bugs and butterflies will add a perfect pop of color to your space!

To be eligible for a return, items must be unused and in their original condition with no signs of wear and in the original packaging if applicable. Shoes must be mailed within their shoe box and inside of a shipping box. We do not provide return shipment labels at this time.

Items worn out of the store are considered to be final sale.

The following items are considered final sale and will not be eligible for return or exchange: Fragrance, bath/body, socks, tights, food Items, and sale pieces.

We will always do our best to make sure you leave happy but do reserve the right to refuse any return/exchange if the above conditions are not met.


For Online Orders

We are happy to accept returns for full price items from our online store when shipped back within 7 days of being delivered to you. If you are able to return your items in-store, please shoot us an email or call ahead of time. 

For local pickup orders to qualify for a full refund, items must be returned within 48 hours of picking up your order in store. Beyond 48 hours and for up to 12 subsequent days, items will be eligible for store credit only.


In Store Purchases

We accept items purchased in store for store credit or exchange only within 14 days of purchase, as the option to try on in store was available and you have the benefit of our thieves' eyes! We have new product coming in daily so we know we can help you find something else you love.


Each item carried at December Thieves is lovingly crafted. We work with small artisans and independent designers who follow small batch manufacturing practices.

For them, this means working solo with a handful of studio assistants or with small family run workspaces to bring to life their creations. For us, this means high quality, unique products in very small quantities and a true dedication to the transformative power of a product made with passion. 

Nothing is mass produced or can be reordered on a whim, and when it runs out, it runs out. Kindly note that the items you find online are one and the same as those found in our brick and mortar locations- so snatch them up while you can!