Closely related to Lepidoptera (that’s moths and butterflies), the caddis fly is a rather unremarkable insect with a remarkable talent for creativity. In its larval stage, a caddis fly creates an artificial carapace for itself using any materials to hand, normally bits of wood and stone. Using its specialised saliva that hardens into a strong mortar-like substance, the caddis larvae pieces together a hard outer shell to protect its soft body until it can metamorphose into its avian adult stage.
Thanks to Wired, which singled out this enticingly set of macro photographic shots by Singapore-based photographer Nicky Bay showing the gory details of creepy crawlies tucking in greedily onto other creepy crawlies, we will now have to look forward to getting a disturbed night’s rest interrupted by full-fledged nightmares of bugs eating bugs.
We spied this picture of two red damselflies elsewhere and tracked it down to Flickr member Westpark, who has even more pictures of bugs over at his page. So what we’ve learnt is that insects and humans may not speak the same language, but we both get what the <3 symbol means. Go figure.
Seeing things in nature that we generally not notice, Bristol-based artist Rose Sanderson creates paintings of insects using book covers as her canvas. Inspired by the study of insects and strange creatures, what others may find disgusting, she finds beautiful. This series of works opens up on how fragile life is through her use of mixed media that portrays decay. She intends for us to appreciate life, whether it be ours or everything wonderful nature offers.