I really enjoyed embroidering this little creature which I stitched up for my Furry Nice Class. And yes I know this beetle isn't furry, we are just dipping our toes in Shading in class next week and this fella is a practice pattern. :)
I thought about adding a small scrap of paper (embroidered obviously) with the beetle's proper Latin name and such on it (if he has one because I sort of made him up). But I wasn't sure I'd be able to embroider a convincing piece of paper. My husband suggested I'd add a pin in the beetle's back as if he were part of an entomologist's collection (the beetle not my husband) but I wasn't sure about that either.
That all reminds me of the painting that plays an important part in Donna Tartt's book the Goldfinch (have you read it? I loved it, especially the first part when the dramatic thing just happened). The Goldfinch is painted as a trompe l'oeil, meant to deceive the viewer and aimed to look as if it were a real thing. You sometimes see poorly executed trompe l'oeils in Italian restaurants that offer 'a view' on Venice through a painted window. Anyway, I digress. What I meant to say is that it would be an interesting path to explore, making very realistic embroideries in the footsteps of a 17th century Dutch painter.