Scorpian nails
photo: Mail Online/Tania Miranda

Just when we were getting used to scorpion nails, a whole new kind of buggy nail art is being pioneered. With over 60,000 followers on Instagram, Melbourne, Australia's Deadly Salon crafts nail art with everything from bees to butterflies. WARNING: If you have a bug phobia, this is NOT the nail trend for you!

Meet Nicole Casti. This professional nail technician is the mastermind behind Deadly Nails.

Casti was inspired to use critters in her nail art after one of her children found a dead butterfly.

"I’ve always been fascinated with taxidermy," Casti told Daily Mail Australia. "I find beauty in death."

This nail art is literally to die for.

She uses bugs that are "donated" or acquired through a licensed taxidermist.

The bugs are sanitized, "fossilized," and entombed beneath a coat of acrylic. Beyond bugs, Casti also works with snakes, scorpions, and even goanna, an Australian lizard.

Her latest fascination? Wasps...


Here's a closer look.


Unsurprisingly, Casti has received backlash for using dead insects...


despite the fact that she insists none of the bugs or animals are killed for the purposes of her art.


"I want to create things that challenge people's perception of beauty," says Casti.