Category Archives: insect

The Insect Art of Laura Schlipf

Scratch some insect art and you find a swarm underneath. A found image of beautifully carved insect legs led me to the work of versatile artist Laura Schlipf.  Being a fan of insect legs as an art theme, I hunted … Continue reading

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Delicious Insect Overlords!

Whole Foods posted a fake “insect ranching practices” chart on their website last Friday for April Fool’s, a lovely parody of the often complicated food location breakdowns that are posted in Whole Foods grocery stores. (Cicadas are ranched with “No … Continue reading

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Elite Elytra

A famous Victorian dress worn by Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth is being restored to its original splendor. Part of that splendor involved the replacement and repair of over 1,000 buprestid jewel beetle elytra. . Check out the history of … Continue reading

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machine insects

A series of simple yet enjoyable xerox-machine mashups on Nicolas Lampert’s gallery: from the 2005 MASS MoCA show “Becoming Animals” (I must state that above critter is not based on an ant, but since it’s a fantasy creature we’ll give … Continue reading

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Arthropod Ammunition

Lovely article about Tom Hardwidge‘s ammunition-and-clockwork insect creations from a recycling blog. Not only are they beautiful, he has given them their own taxonomy! Adding scientific names to anything always strikes a chord with me, so here are some of … Continue reading

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Stick Insects

I totally dig the wooden wing details in Kyle Bean’s matchstick insects. Even more enjoyable than the above photos by Owen Silverwood, fredbutlerstyle has some lovely in-progress shots of the dragonfly.

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Bugs Above

Today on the Endless Swarm, one of my favorite Krulwich videos about insects, from the Morning Edition entitled “Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can’t See.” I was reminded of this amazing fact when hiking in Napa yesterday. In the … Continue reading

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Cocoon Day

It’s a cold day to stay in and do taxes and bills, and my thoughts turn to one of my favorite themes in insect art, the cocoon. Here is one of several delightful cocoon sculptures by Kari Ann Olstad, And … Continue reading

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Ant Music

And welcome to Bug Music Friday. Turned out in the pouring rain in SF to see the delightfully energized tribute band Madam & The Ants play at a beautiful place called Broadway Studios. Upon entereing  I realized I had been … Continue reading

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Your Mandible Expectations

Mike Libby adds watch parts to beetles and other insects, hollowing out their abdomens and adding watch gears, sewing machine parts, and other mechanical items to create a pleasing, sometimes even plausible, clockwork insect sculpture. His site the Insect Lab … Continue reading

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