In 2012, artist Yuki Tsunoda attempted to visualize the disgust and aversion most people feel when they see insects. As she worked on the project, she realized that there was more to insects – perhaps even a beauty that could be highlighted. Thus came into being Glass insetto, a series by the artist that shows glass sculptures of insects.
Everybody loves colorful butterfly wings, and they’re just as beautiful and colorful up close. Photographer Linden Gledhill has a penchant for macrophotography, and one of her series focuses on a closer look at butterfly wings. They are beautiful, so is their slight resemblance to flower petals.
“In 1903, Olivia Wright was the first to pilot the great grasshoppers of North America.”
Golden Age of Insect Aviation: The Great Grasshoppers is a fun 10 second animation by Wayne Unten. He started off with a live action footage of a grasshopper shot with his iPhone, and then animated it into the video we see here.
Photographer Jimmy Kong has this wonderful collection of macrophotographs of spiders, where they seem to have focused all their beady eyes right at the camera, apparently with the motive of stealing your soul. Or making it shit bricks, or whatever it is that souls do. His work also involves several other insects, but spideys are by far, the creepiest.
The praying mantis is a very vicious predator, and their prey would have enough sense to stay away from them. But a pink flower? Now that wouldn’t sound scary to anyone, insects included, who would find themselves pray to the orchid mantis. This is a species of praying mantis from the Malaysian rainforest, where they have mastered the art of disguise to lure in their prey.
Our earth is home to millions of species, yet most of us only know a few, often overlooking some very fascinating some very fascinating species that cohabit this planet with us. Ross Piper through his book Animal Earth seeks to bring attention to the several species that the author feels do not get the attention they deserve. In the views of Piper, humans have so far cataloged about 1.5 million different species, yet there may be more than 200 million still waiting to be discovered.
Hominid is an animation written and directed by Brian Andrews and produced at the Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. The video shows insects who apparently have forsaken their exoskeletons in favor of human skeletons. It’s weirdly fascinating and creepy.
Butterfly sculptures by artist Michael Crowder take a super delicate form. Titled Mariposa Mori, the butterfly sculptures are made with a glass casting technique called pâte de verre where tiny glass particles are fused together to form a shape. The display is similar to traditional entomology boxes, adding another touch to the delicate butterflies.