Mormolyce phyllodes
Violin Beetle in Box Frame

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A Violin Beetle in a handmade wooden frame mounted on high-quality acid-free conservation board. The Latin and region name are printed underneath the specimen.


The Mormolyce phyllodes is a species of ground beetles in the subfamily Lebiinae. This beetle can reach a length of 60-100mm (2.4 - 39 inches). These are flat and leaf shaped, with black or brown bodies. Their name derives from their distinctive violin shape. This unique shape is a characteristic mimicry that protects them against predators. The Violin beetles flat body allows them to dwell in soil, cracks and bark. These beetles have a very long head and antennae. 

The Violin beetle feed on insect larvae, they also secrete poisonous butyric acid for defence purposes. Adults fly from August or November.

Latin Name: Mormolyce phyllodes

Quality: A1

Sex: Male or Female

Distribution: Can be found in all regions of Asia

Prepared: By our very own entomologists.

Frame: Handmade in our workshop.

Frame Size: 6 x 6 Inch.

Please Be Aware: The specimen that you will receive may differ in size, shape or colour very slightly since you are purchasing a natural product.

Where do we source our insect specimens? All of our specimens are purchased from conservation farming projects. Please visit our ethics pages in the menu for details on the type of projects we work with.

This would be a beautiful addition to your home or office.

Approx Length (cm): 6
Gender: Male
Frame Size (Inches): 6 x 6
Specimen Colour: Red
Distribution: Asia
All our frames are made to order, this handmade process means your order will take several days for us to prepare. Our current production time is around 3 to 5 working days but larger specimens can take a few days longer due to the time it takes the specimen to dry. If you are ordering for presents, birthdays, anniversaries and weddings, please order well in advance.

All of our frames are carefully wrapped and boxed before shipping out once they are ready. Items that we advise are in stock still need to be prepared and made for you.

If you are in a rush, frames can be shipped on a quicker delivery service once they are ready. We can ship on an overnight service for example but you will need to email us, so we can advise when your order will be ready.

You will receive an email once your order is dispatched containing a tracking number.

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