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Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) building case (studio view), 1980-2000. Material: Gold, pearls, turquoise. Length: 2.5 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art:Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold

Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away.

After first learning about caddisflies, self-taught (and self-professed amateur) artist Hubert Duprat had a thought. Had a caddisfly ever naturally encountered a fleck of gold in a river and used it to build a home? And then one step further: what if a caddisfly had only gold and other precious stones or jewels to work with?

Trichoptères, French for the scientific name of the caddisfly, is Duprat’s answer to that question. For years the artist has been collaborating with the tiny insects, providing them small aquariums of gold, turquoise and pearls that the the larvae readily use to construct their temporary homes. Regardless of how creepy crawly you might find the insects, it’s impossible to deny the strange beauty of the final product, tiny gold sculptures held together with silk. Encountering them void of any context, one would assume they were constructed by a jeweler.

Duprat currently has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania which runs through July 28th, and it should be notced thath is work with caddisflies is only one small aspect of his art practice.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera larva with case, 1980-2000. Material: gold and pearls. Dimension: 0.5 x 1.9 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art:Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera larva with case, 1980-2000. Material: gold and pearls. Dimension: 0.5 x 1.9 cm. Photographer: Frédéric Delpech. Image courtesy of the artist and Art:Concept gallery, Paris and MONA Museum of Old and New Art.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold
Trichoptera (caddis larva) case on pedestal. Photographer: Fabrice Gousset.

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold

Artist Hubert Duprat Collaborates with Caddisfly Larvae as They Build Aquatic Cocoons from Gold and Pearls jewelry insects gold

A huge thank you to the Museum of Old and New Art and photographer Fabrice Gousset for providing the images for this post. If you liked this, don’t miss the work of (via ARTREBELS)

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Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

Textile Moth and Butterfly Sculptures by Yumi Okita textiles sculpture moths insects butterflies

North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita creates beautiful textile sculptures of months, butterflies, and other insects with various textiles and embroidery techniques. The pieces are quite large, measuring nearly a foot wide and contain other flourishes including painting, feathers, and artificial fur. You can many of her most recent pieces here. (via the Jealous Curator)

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Time-lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady

Time lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady timelapse nature insects fireflies

Time lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady timelapse nature insects fireflies

This is a fantastic feat of photography and editing by Vincent Brady who shot this montage of firefly timelapses in 2013 at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and around his home in Grand Ledge, Michigan. To make the timelapse Brady had to master several different cameras, learn about photo stacking, 360° panoramas, and even how to pilot a pontoon boat to get all the requisite shots. While we’ve seen several articles here on Colossal featuring long-exposure fireflies it’s still fascinating to see them in motion like this. You can read about Brady’s adventures on his website, and learn more about the science of fireflies on It’s Okay To Be Smart. (via It’s Okay To Be Smart)

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Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

A biochemist by training, photographer Linden Gledhill is fascinated by the beauty of infinitesimally small aspects of nature and science, from capturing the flight of insects to exploring the beauty of magnetic ferrofluid. Among his most jaw-dropping images are macro photographs of butterfly wings that reveal complex patterns that look like perfectly organized flower petals. These tiny protrusions are actually scales, similar to what you would find on reptile, though extremely small and fragile. Gledhill’s photography recently inspired an episode of Smarter Every Day where Destin Sandlin learns how to shoot similar photos. (via awkwardsituationist.tumblr.com)

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Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees
Photo by William Eakin

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees
Photos by William Eakin

In North America, Europe and many other parts of the world, bee populations have plummeted 30-50% due to colony collapse disorder, a fact not lost on artist Aganetha Dyck who for years has been working with the industrious insects to create delicate sculptures using porcelain figurines, shoes, sports equipment, and other objects left in specially designed apiaries. As the weeks and months pass the ordinary objects are slowly transformed with the bees’ wax honeycomb. It’s almost impossible to look at final pieces without smiling in wonder, imagining the unwitting bees toiling away on a piece of art. And yet it’s our own ignorance of humanity’s connection to bees and nature that Dyck calls into question, two completely different life forms whose fate is inextricably intertwined.

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees

Born in Manitoba in 1937, the Canadian artist has long been interested in inter-species communication and her research has closely examined the the ramifications of honeybees disappearing from Earth. Working with the insects results in completely unexpected forms which can be surprising and even humorous. “They remind us that we and our constructions are temporary in relation to the lifespan of earth and the processes of nature,” comments curator Cathi Charles Wherry. “This raises ideas about our shared vulnerability, while at the same time elevating the ordinariness of our humanity.”

If you want to learn more I suggest watching the video above from the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and if you want to see her work up close Dyck opens an exhibition titled Honeybee Alterations at the Ottawa School of Art on March 3, 2014. A huge thanks to Gibson Gallery as well as Aganetha and Deborah Dyck for their help. All photos courtesy Peter Dyck and William Eakin.

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The Golden Age of Insect Aviation

This clip has been making the rounds everywhere lately, and for good reason. Just 10 seconds long and guaranteed to put an instant smile on your face. Created by Wayne Unten. (via The Kid Should See This)

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Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand-Painted Ants

Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand Painted Ants porcelain insects ceramics

Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand Painted Ants porcelain insects ceramics

Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand Painted Ants porcelain insects ceramics

Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand Painted Ants porcelain insects ceramics

Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand Painted Ants porcelain insects ceramics

Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand Painted Ants porcelain insects ceramics

Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand Painted Ants porcelain insects ceramics

Vintage Porcelain Dishes Covered in Hordes of Hand Painted Ants porcelain insects ceramics

While the standard response to insects crawling across your food or dinner plate is usually nothing less than repulsion, that didn’t stop German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie from creating these one-of-a-kind vintage porcelain dishes covered in hordes of hand-painted ants. Bracklow says of the pieces:

The idea for this work resulted from pure chance, when the sight of a carelessly placed plate—by then wandered by ants—fascinated me so much that I felt the urge to simply conserve this image. Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail.

It’s not hard to see that each piece is incredibly detailed and well-executed, making it strangely beautiful despite what it portrays. This balance of superb execution versus creepy subject matter may be the reason she’s had no problem selling the objects over on Etsy, where a number of them are currently available. (via Whimsebox)

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