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Death’s head hawk moth preservation

October 10 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm


Join us inside the curious setting of Moth Studios for a special evening class learning the process of entomology.

Sherene will teach you the basic techniques that entomologists practice when preserving these beautiful specimens. You will pin one Death’s head hawk moth each and then will be shown how to mount it into your own shadow box frame and everything you create in the class, you will get to take home with you at the end of the evening!

The Death’s head hawk moth (Acherontia atropos or styx) It is commonly found in the southern part of Europe and throughout much of Africa, (styx from Asia) from where it is considered to be a native species. Annually, it migrates to parts of Britain. Have you had the opportunity to see one? Maybe this class will be your first time. This particular moth is famous for the beautiful skull like pattern on its thorax and it has became an iconic specimen from  its appearances in Dracula and Silence of the Lambs. This truly is a special workshop!

All tools, specimens and frames will be provided by Moth Studios. (Tools are not to be taken home with you, they are the property of Moth Studios)

There will be box frames for £12 available in the studio if you would like to protect the rest of the ‘practice’ butterflies that you pinned in the class at home.

Unfortunately we cannot offer you our usual tea, coffee & water refreshments due to Covid-19.

Specimens are obtained from sustainable sources. Stock received is from responsible breeders from the Lepidopterist Breeders Association, and donations from natural deaths in the wild.

Gift vouchers are available for this class.

*Please note that booking a class on our website, you will receive an e-ticket confirmation only (you don’t need to bring a physical ticket on the day of the class). If you are buying a workshop for someone else & require a personalised gift voucher to be posted out, or an e-voucher that you can print at home, please message us with another email, following your booking on the website.

Workshop attendee’s must:

  • Wear a mask to enter the building, inside the building and you must wear one during the workshop.
  • Sanitize your hands from the dispenser located on the ground floor main entrance.
  • Try to use the staircase to get to level 3 instead of the lifts (if possible).
  • Please arrive on time. There will be someone at the front desk to tell you where to go to get to floor 3 if you’re unsure. If you’re late, we will assume you aren’t attending the workshop.
  • We ask you to keep a sensible distance between anyone else who is not from your household.
  • If you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 please DO NOT attend the session. Same applies if you have been tracked and traced as being exposed to someone who has Covid-19, living with anyone who is self-isolating or displaying symptoms known to be consistent with Covid-19.
  • Moth Studios will provide latex gloves & sanitizing stations to keep hygiene levels to standard throughout the workshop day.
  • We will be utilising all the tables we have available in our space so that you are able to sit at a 1 metre distance just to be as safe as possible.
  • We ask you to not keep your mobile phone on the work table during the session. We will have space for you to store your bags and coats also.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer you our usual teas, coffees or drinks during workshops, so please bring your own water bottle for during the session to keep hydrated. If you have had a booking where there was alcohol served, we will have a little gift for you to take home instead.
  • If you have a that’s 3hours+ we advise you to bring your own packed lunch to have on our break to minimise exposure in the busy city centre. We have a large seating space where we can have our lunch.
  • I will greet you on Floor 3 to show you to the spaces.
  • My number is 07958658009 if you need anything at all.
  • If you could confirm your attendance to the workshops via email. Along with your phone number and postcode to aid with potential track and trace.

Refunds and Exchanges:

Our refund and exchange policy is set as we are a small business and we have all of our materials, tools and set- up prepared way in advance according to numbers.

– No refunds on classes

– Exchanges only allowed with 24 hours notice.

– In the event of an exchange, please have your choice of exchange ready to transfer, and we will arrange depending on available seats at the time of exchange requests.

– Exchanges can also be used as shop credit.

– One exchange per customer per class.

10% Student discount. *Only applicable with a valid student ID card – Email us to get your unique code



October 10
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sherene Scott
07958 658 009


Moth Studios
B&D Studios, Floor 3 Commercial Union House Pilgrim Street
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 6QE United Kingdom
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