The Beautiful and the Grotesque

Via Cabinet magazine and Neatorama:

The images above illustrate the results of an unusual artistic collaboration between the French artist Hubert Duprat and a group of caddis fly larvae. A small winged insect belonging to the order Trichoptera and closely related to the butterfly, caddis flies live near streams and ponds and produce aquatic larvae that protect their developing bodies by manufacturing sheaths, or cases, spun from silk and incorporating substances—grains of sand, particles of mineral or plant material, bits of fish bone or crustacean shell—readily available in their benthic ecosystem. The larvae are remarkably adaptable: if other suitable materials are introduced into their environment, they will often incorporate those as well.

So Duprat’s got these disgusting little beasties spinning strangely beautiful cocoons for themselves. Intriguing.

See the video here.

2 Responses to “The Beautiful and the Grotesque”

  1. Ann Says:

    This is so crazy!

  2. songspinr Says:

    these are lovely, but i couldn’t access the video… send the link ok?

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