Eleanor Lutz is a designer in Seattle who has a molecular biology degree and used to work in a mosquito lab. Now she creates incredible science info graphics, that are often animated. Her latest work caught my attentions showing some of the butterflies of North America. Imagine if I could animate my framed butterflies like […]
Insects in Art & Culture
photo credit: http://www.stormthecastle.com/ Intricate insect diorama work is hard to find and but recently came across this very impressive piece called An Entomologists Diorama. One of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen! If you are looking for insect dioramas for sale, you can find them at my store.
As I “skeletonize” more and more butterfly species, there have been some interesting surprises — one being Graphium weiskei or the Purple Mountain Swallowtail. This species of butterfly is known for it’s stunning colors, unique in the animal world. After I removed the scales (skeletonization) on the left side of the butterfly, the vibrant green, […]
Looking forward to the season premier of IMMORTALIZED on AMC this Feb. 14th. I was honored to be picked as a contestant to compete against the talented Beth Beverly. Check out the show and see how insects are a force to be reckoned with.
When one thinks of a locust swarm we usually think of the Biblical Plagues, a divine intervention to punish humanity in a past far gone. But a more recent biblical plague played out in the Great Plains of the United States during the summer of 1875. Keeping with the tales of the past, farmers watched in […]
In the fifth century BC, an account from India reported a mysterious bird whose orange droppings excreted a poison, that in amounts no bigger then a grain of wheat, could bring down a man. Similarly, in China in 739 AD, there appears a description of a beetle poison so strong it could remove tattoos, boils […]
We have all heard this from our parents, and probably even said it to our own children. When you think about it, quite an unsettling sentiment as you tuck someone into bed. It has been a part of our national vocabulary since World War II when bed bugs were just a fact of life. Since […]
A palace in Belgium puts a new spin on the term “Green Building Material” with the use of 1.4 million green jewel beetle wings to adorn a ceiling. The Hall of Mirrors (2002) is an instillation by artist Jan Fabre in the Royal Palace of Brussels that took over 3 months to make and 30 […]
For ancient Egyptians beetles were an integral part of daily life, burials and mythology. Darkling beetles, Prionotheca coronata, have been found in entombed pottery jars, stone vessels themselves were sometimes carved in the shape of beetles, click beetles, Agrypnus notodonta, were depicted alongside a fetish of the goddess Neith, and gold pendants shaped like jewel […]
At the London restaurant Archipelago, diners can order the $11 Baby Bee Brulee: a creamy custard topped with a crunchy little bee. In New York, the Mexican restaurant Toloache offers $11 chapulines tacos: two tacos stuffed with Oaxacan-style dried grasshoppers. Could beetles, dragonfly larvae and water bug caviar be the meat of the future? As […]
R.I.P. Uncle Milton – purveyor of dangerous toys Would you buy venomous biting ants for your kids? My parents did and millions of others did as well. How could a product that stung and bit you become so popular? Learn more about this amazing ant entrepreneur who sadly passed away today.