The Metal Mantids of Geoffrey Haberman

Photographer and artist Goeffrey Haberman creates these articulated mantids by hand using only brass bar stock. He's made a small army of these species-specific sculptures over the years, and they're mandible-droppingly intricate and expressive. Like the real mantids that inspired them, they are full of arresting character. The wings are etched with acid, but otherwise made only with hand tools like fret saws and files. Here's just a few from his flickr site. I could stare at them all day.

Idolomantis diabolica adult male

Blepharopsis mendica nymph

Schizocephala bicornis adult

Schizocephala bicornis adult

Choerododis rhombifolia adult

Solygia sulcatifrons adult male

Phyllovates chlorophea nymph

Phyllovates chlorophea nymph

Idolomorpha lateralis adult male

Solygia sulcatifrons adult male

*swoon* z end
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