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About Bugs and Beads

"Bugs and Beads" is a brand created by Vivian, an entomologist (insect scientist) living in Australia, to promote the connection between insects and fungi, arts and crafts. She is designing and making jewellery (earrings, necklaces, braceletes, and rings) and collectables as brooches, keyrings, cufflinks, fridge magnets, tote bags, stickers, and other objects, but also she is promoting local and international artwork and artists using insects and fungi as their source of inspiration.


The handmade pieces are delicate and intense at the same time. Her favourite materials are the tiny glass seed beads that resemble in size the minute tree-fungus beetles (Coleoptera: Ciidae) that she has been studying for almost 10 years. Her best sellers are the pieces made with recycled jewel beetle shells and 925 sterling silver.

In this shop you will find infinite ideas for gifts, souvenirs and retro collectables for entomologists (insect lovers), mycologists (fungi lovers), botanists (plant lovers), zoologists (animal lovers), biologists (life lovers), nature lovers, citizen scientists, amateurs, seniors, adults, teenagers and children. By buying these products, you are supporting several research projects about biology and taxonomy of insects and fungi, edible insects, and also non-profit organizations that will receive donations with every sale.

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10% of every sale is donated to partnered non-profit organisations.  Please use the coupon codes next to each partnered group to ensure the donation is correctly earmarked.

The Entomological Society of Queensland


It began in 1923, and meets monthly in Dutton Park, Brisbane.  They promote interaction and communication between entomologists at their meetings with guest speakers, annual collecting trips and a quarterly journal.  Membership is open to anyone interested in Entomology. 

The Queensland Mycological Society
Formed in 2005, and incorporated in May 2006, it is open to anyone with an interest in the discovery, survey or research of macrofungi.  They meet monthly at Mt Cooth-tha in Brisbane.  They provide a forum and network for amateurs and professionals, stimulate and support study and research of Queensland macrofungi, promote identification and conservation of macrofungal biodiversity and its role in Queensland ecosystems.


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