Insect Shoppe is dedicated to bringing you the best quality in dead,
dried insects for the collector and artisan. I have been in the
insect supply business for over 25 years and have established contacts
all over the world in order that we can constantly bring you new
and interesting species. I supply papered specimens for the collector
to re-hydrate and mount themselves, and a selection of mounted specimens
that can be purchased from the cabinets. The supply of set specimens
is constantly being depleted and replenished so visitors are treated
to new things at every visit. If you are thinking of visiting please
call and make an appointment and you would be advised to bring along
a box to pin your treasures in to take home.
I began collecting insects when I was a small child and
have developed the hobby throughout my life until it evolved into a full
time business culminating in Thorne's Insect Shoppe. I still am a passionate
collector but I have learned to specialize in a few groups just to make
it manageable. The collection is open for view to visiting clients.
I am assisted by my wife, Bernardine, and our son,
Adam. Bernardine often handles the phone calls, visits to Canada
Customs, bookkeeping, and sorting chores. Adam is becoming very
good at mounting specimens and also repacking specimens from their
field-packs and helps out on collecting trips. I do the easy things
like identification, quality control and packing parcels.
TIS is one of the world's largest insect suppliers and
can supply to the private collector and the bulk wholesale trade for dealers,
artworkers and institutions. Please see the Quantity/Wholesale list for
Bulk purchases. Lepidoptera(Butterflies and Moths) and Coleoptera(Beetles)
make up the majority of the inventory with some other orders being offered.
We are constantly on the lookout for new things to offer.
TIS is located on the outskirts of London, Ontario, Canada,
a few minutes from Highway 401. London is approximately an hour and a
half west of Metropolitan Toronto and nearly two hours east of Windsor
and Detroit, Michigan.
I am always interested in new suppliers from anywhere
in the world. If you have good quality material to sell or exchange please
contact me. I can also evaluate collections for value and are always
interested in purchasing old collections if of good quality.
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