Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.

Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.

Alright folks, it’s time for a quick biology lesson: caddisflies are a common water-dwelling insect with similarities to the moth and butterfly. Likewise, the caddisfly will create cocoons while in their larvae stage in order to protect their soft, growing bodies. They typically use whatever is lying around them in the water to build their shelter with, using their saliva as the glue. Yay. Most of us would hear this information, shrug, and go about our day. But for artist Hubert Duprat, he found inspiration.

This is what a normal caddisfly cocoon looks like. Not particularly stellar.

Duprat gave the future flies a makeover by providing them with some blingier building supplies.

The result is this stunning blend of biology and artwork.

The larvae use their saliva to connect the gold, pearl and other gems to create their nest just as they would with more common items.

Now that’s living in luxury!

Duprat views his work as collaboration with the insects.

In 2011, he told The Independent, “It’s their work as much as mine.”

Here’s a video of Duprat discussing his buggy beauties:

(via i09.) This makes my childhood ant farm look even more unimpressive. They never did anything I told them to. Share the sparkly story with your friends by  using the button below!

Caddis Fly used in Jewellery / Modern Art

Entomologists have long been studying the adaptive building behavior of insects. For contemporary French artist Hubert Duprat, this same investigation has been a jumping-off point for artistic exploration. In his ongoing project The Wonderful Caddis Worm: Sculptural Work in Collaboration with Trichoptera, Duprat involves himself in the construction of the protective case of the caddis fly. To encase itself, the larvae spins a silken structure, weaving in particles of sticks, rocks and plants, always remaining hidden inside. Just when the larvae is ready to begin this process, Duprat places it into a series of un(natural) environments, substituting flecks of gold and other precious materials for the more natural plant and mineral matter. In this way he prompts the caddis fly to construct a curious, bejeweled case. Until nymphosis is complete, the larvae inhabits this mobile home of somewhat grotesque beauty.

Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.
Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.
Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.
Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.
Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.

Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.

Science And Art Blend Together Perfectly With These Blinged Out Bugs. Cool, But Gross.

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