During childhood, we discovered the world of insects and the joy of live observation through the marvellous "Uncle Paul" stories by Jean Henri Fabre. This famous entomologist also described in his widely-translated book "Souvenirs entomologiques" the life of the insects he studied. More than any other country, Japan appreciated Jean Henri Fabre's work. The entomologist is indeed said to be one of the ten most famous personalities for the Japanese people who visit Micropolis in the south of France.

Remember what we wrote in the section "Our Story":
"Parents use it as a tool to guide their children through live observation of insects".

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Keeping in mind those magical moments parents and children share, when they discover nature beauties together. We, at L'Atelier, have created and will create for you insect-related artwork to prolong this wonderful feeling in your family setting. Insects are incredible by the variety of their colours, shapes, transformations and survival techniques. They are treasures to be observed and preserved.

The Earth's submit which was held in Johannesburg in september 2002 emphasized that 80 % of the animal species populating our planet were threatened. According to the Natural History Museum of Paris, for example, 10 % of the species of common birds disappeared in France at the time of the last decade, like 250 species of butterflies.
In the field which interests us, the insects represents alone more of the three quarters of the totality of the animal world!

The Paris Natural History Museum possesses a priceless estate in terms of insect collections with about a million species represented. Entomologists estimate unknown insect species could represent twenty-fold the number of repertoriated species. Unfortunately, many undiscovered species vanish every day. If all insects ceased to exist, the whole planet would suffer terrible changes. Grains and fruits would disappear without pollination. The absence of natural recycling of dead plants and animals would render the soil unfit for agriculture. Mankind would only survive for a few months, and the Earth would return to the Palaeozoic era. (Discover coleopterans in our page SKETCH BOOKS).

Nevertheless, more than 1.000 insect species disappear every day; and national and international organizations try to tackle this worrisome issue. C.I.T.E.S. (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) protects certain species from abusive trade and chemical hazards. The O.P.I.E. (Office Pour l'Information Eco-entomologique) monitors some living species on the French territory. The latter organization even had a toll-motorway layout redesigned to ensure survival of Osmoderma eremita, commonly named Hermit Beetle. Discover this story on this website.

You have to know that Coleopterans, the likes pined in display boxes, only live for a few months at their adult age, whereas the needed up to seven years to attain this stage.

Here, you can see the three development stages of a Lucanus cervus.

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  Larva          Cocoon and nymph            Adult          

Children will always marvel at insects with so extraordinary shapes. They will inundate their parents with questions. So, we invite them to discover insects through live observation, to study them with the existing literature, then to collect, while preserving them, and to learn about them while leaving intact this splendid inheritance for the future. We invite you to read the excerpt "evolution of our collection" at the "Scale models" page.

You will grow further your knowledge of insects with readings, photos and direct observation in nature. You will share good moments with your children talking about and looking for insects!

From this, sprang the idea to make people share the double pleasure of environmentally-conscious Coleopteran collection and its "aftermath debriefing" by mounting and decorating model kits of rare coleopterans.

Create and assemble yourself these insects in resin at their genuine size! You can display them under an educative and playful form. You can collect rare or long-vanished coleopterans, while respecting mother nature. You can order standard or personalized sketch books, plates, cards, and watercolors of insects.

... So was the aim of our approach.