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Preserving 'a world that no longer exists'

Brennan’s Hill collector is parting with butterflies, moths

Ever since he was six years old, Brennan’s Hill resident John Urban, now 75, has loved collecting insects – from butterflies to moths, beetles and spiders – in order to preserve the natural artistry and beauty of a world he says no longer exists.

John Urban has been collecting butterflies and moths, and has preserved numerous species, which have since disappeared or become extremely rare. He uses his skills as a jeweler for the delicate work of mounting the insects he has collected so they can be displayed, carefully moving wings, legs and antenna, and setting them into a position they will retain after they dry out. Photo courtesy John Urban