Welcome to Rockx - Novelties of Nature!
I'm a qualified entomologist (Masters degree) and I make entomological displays and breed beetles! I'll share some of my plans for the new home of my business with you now. I love making the displays so I'll continue making them of course. It's a meditative practice that I can pour my perfectionism into.
I also want to start offering workshops on insect preparation/preservation. People come to me regularly asking for advice, and I'm happy to give it, but giving advice through text is quite different from a video call as you can imagine. I'd be able to show you how it's done live and answer questions. I can put together a starting kit because I know what you need; it's easy to go to an entomological supplier and be put off by the cost of supposed 'essentials'!
Besides that, I'm currently making my own substrate for my rainbow stag beetles. I mentioned it in my breeding tutorial. Here it is if you haven't seen it yet:
If it turns out my larvae love it and they turn into big adults, I might offer some for sale as I've noticed the beetle breeding scene is not that big in the U.K. yet. Suppliers of good beetle breeding material are rare. And who knows, perhaps I'll sell some live beetles as well! It would be a good excuse to get some more pets...
As for the near future, I'll do a weekly post and send a weekly e-mail as well. The content will be different every week as I try new things. I'm not sure exactly what it'll be, but it will be 100% insect related I can promise you that!
If you made it this far, thanks for taking an interest. Please let me know what you'd like to see!