Lepidoptera is the Insect Order that butterflies and moths belong to, hence the shop name Lepidopteran Art. I am an entomologist with North Carolina State University and have always been fascinated and amazed by insects, particularly butterflies. They are such delicate beauties, many of them with incredibly vibrant wings. They are natural works of art! By creating jewelry using real butterfly wings, these natural works of art can by preserved and enjoyed, even after the butterflies have passed. No butterflies are ever harmed or killed in the making of my jewelry. I obtain my butterflies from butterfly farms and conservatories after they have been allowed to live their full lifespan and have died naturally.