The World’s Most Romantic Gallery Of Insect Sex

The World’s Most Romantic Gallery Of Insect Sex

Since our bumblebee butt gallery was a roaring success, we decided to show you the often overlooked side of insect lovemaking. Scroll down and enjoy! Continue reading »

Faces: Fantastic Macro Worlds Of Mofeed Abu Shalwa

Faces: Fantastic Macro Worlds Of Mofeed Abu Shalwa

According to Mofeed Abu Shalwa: “A group of faces of some flying insects , part of my second project, Hovercraft flies, dragonflies, bees and wasps I photographed with focus stacking technology.” Continue reading »

The Surprising Beauty Of Microscopic Insects, Isopods And Crustaceans Illuminated With Polarized Light

The Surprising Beauty Of Microscopic Insects, Isopods And Crustaceans Illuminated With Polarized Light

Biomedical scientist and microscopy enthusiast My Microscopic World created a really beautiful explanatory video that reveals the surprising beauty of various forms of tiny life as shown under a microscope that has been adapted with polarized life. These micro forms of life include insect larvae, isopods and crustaceans. Continue reading »

Centipede, Spider And Other Creepy Animal-Inspired Handbags Created By A Japanese Artist

Centipede, Spider And Other Creepy Animal-Inspired Handbags Created By A Japanese Artist

How does a giant centipede sound to you? Or a giant spider? Or maybe a football-sized flea? Would you wear one of these creepy-crawlies as an accessory? Well, if your phobias hadn’t kicked in yet, we’ve got something interesting for you. Japanese artist Amanojaku to Hesomagari creates eerily lifelike handbags and accessories inspired by all sorts of insects and animals that not only look cool but are also a great way to give your friends a nice scare. Continue reading »

These Papercraft Mosquitoes Look So Real You’ll Want To Swat Them

These Papercraft Mosquitoes Look So Real You’ll Want To Swat Them

Combining realism with attention to detail and remarkable technical abilities, artist Masanobu Azami, who goes by the name Scissorhands, also deserves honorable mention among his Japanese paper-crafting peers. Continue reading »

This Paper Artist Creates Realistic Life-Like Animals And Insects

This Paper Artist Creates Realistic Life-Like Animals And Insects

According to Tina Kraus: “About two years ago I have started to make paper sculptures with fine crepe paper. First I made plants, then insects and one gecko. Continue reading »

Expertly Crafted Bamboo Insects By Noriyuki Saitoh Appear Poised To Take Flight

Expertly Crafted Bamboo Insects By Noriyuki Saitoh Appear Poised To Take Flight

Noriyuki Saitoh creates insect sculptures at a 1:1 scale, forming each of the creatures’ wings, legs, and antennae from thinly sliced bamboo. The Japanese artist poses his works as if they have been caught mid-flight, often incorporating handmade props such as honeycomb or sticks as a temporary perch. Continue reading »

This Extraordinary Close-Up Photos Turns Mundane Insects Into Terrifying Beasts From Another World

This Extraordinary Close-Up Photos Turns Mundane Insects Into Terrifying Beasts From Another World

This extraordinary series of close-up photos turns mundane insects into terrifying beasts from another world. The bugs are captured in intricate detail by photographer Javier Ruperez, using a special lens, revealing just how complex the tiny creatures are. Continue reading »

Artist Richard Wilkinson Mutates Insects To Resemble Star Wars Characters

Artist Richard Wilkinson Mutates Insects To Resemble Star Wars Characters

Artist Richard Wilkinson is working on a collection of illustrations that celebrate that trait in both Natural History and modern culture. The first book – ‘Arthropoda Iconicus Volume I: Insects From A Far Away Galaxy’ takes its inspiration from perhaps the most widely recognized subject of obsessive fandom – Star Wars. Continue reading »

Nature In The Spotlight – Photographer Snaps Insects And Plants Under UV lights

Nature In The Spotlight – Photographer Snaps Insects And Plants Under UV lights
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This is nature under a completely different spotlight. Taken in a pitch black studio with ultraviolet lights, the vivid images show beautiful flowers and pollen-covered insects in a strange fluorescent light. Continue reading »

Russian Artist Creates Gorgeous Beaded Insects Completely By Hand

Russian Artist Creates Gorgeous Beaded Insects Completely By Hand

Some people fear insects, and to be true they really look kinda weird. But these handmade beetles scare me only with the impossible skill that their creator has mastered. Continue reading »

Natura Insects: The Delicate Floral Compositions Of Raku Inoue

Natura Insects: The Delicate Floral Compositions Of Raku Inoue

Natura Insects is a beautiful series from the Japanese artist and designer Raku Inoue, currently based in Montreal, who imagines delicate floral compositions by recreating insects with leaves and flower petals. Continue reading »

Extreme X-Rays: Photographer Nick Veasey Takes You Inside The Insects

Extreme X-Rays: Photographer Nick Veasey Takes You Inside The Insects

Nick Veasey is a British photographer working primarily with images created from X-ray imaging. Some of his works are partial photomanipulations with Photoshop.[1] He therefore works with digital artists to realise his creations. Continue reading »

Extraordinary Macro Portraits Of Insects By Francesco Bagnato

Extraordinary Macro Portraits Of Insects By Francesco Bagnato

Francesco Bagnato is a talented photographer, illustrator, art director and designer currently based in Milan, Italy. For his latest project “Entomology”, Francesco captured different types of jewel beetles with their chromatic and iridescent exterior. Studied at Dante Alighieri, Bagnato describes himself as an insect lover and breeder. Continue reading »

Imaginary Camouflaged Leaf Insects Painted By Takumi Kama

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To avoid becoming prey, leaf insects use mimicry to blend into their surroundings. But in Takumi Kama’s imagined future, when the insect’s natural environment has been completely destroyed, these masters of camouflage will have no choice but to move in with those who took away their home. Continue reading »

Edouard Martinet’s Masterfully Sculpted Animals And Insects Made From Bicycle, Car And Motorcycle Parts

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French artist Edouard Martinet assembles faithful interpretations of birds, crustaceans, insects, and other creatures with countless objects from discarded bicycles, cars, and household objects. A bicycle pump forms the abdomen of a dragonfly, windshield wipers serve as the legs of a fly, or the metal logos of a bicycle manufacturer are layered to create the dense scales of a fish. All the more incredible considering Martinet never welds or solders his pieces, but instead uses only screws or fasteners, selecting only the perfect components that “fit” each assemblage like a puzzle. Continue reading »

Camouflaged Insects: Can You Spot These Masters Of Disguise Playing Hide-And-Seek?

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These tiny insects are so well camouflaged it is nearly impossible to make out their cleverly disguised forms. Canadian photographer and adventurer Paul Bertner attempted to catch the bugs in their natural habitats as part of a hide-and-seek game to show biodiversity in nature. But while Paul, a forester, now finds it easy to pick out the outline of a bug concealed in the undergrowth, he admits that spotting the irregularities in natural patterns that give the insects away is definitely an acquired skill. By using macrophotography techniques, Paul was able to get closeups of the insects and make their shapes visible. Continue reading »

What Famous Brands Would Look Like If They Were Insects

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If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if mother nature’s creatures took on the look of certain well-known brands in all their corporate glory, wonder no more. Malaysia-based design agency, Kickatomic, has come up with a series of graphical insects that take on characteristics of some of the world’s most prominent brands such as McDonald’s, IKEA, MTV and Starbucks, just to name a few. Continue reading »

Would You Eat Insects If They Looked Like This?

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These are insect infused protein bars and this is what they look like. Would you eat this if you knew it contained insects? Introducing a Jungle Bar: The Insect Powered Protein Bar. Continue reading »

Edible Insects in Thailand

Edible Insects in Thailand
Thai edible insect farmer Udom Sanart, 44, (R) sells crickets, edible insects at a fresh market in Khonkaen province, northeast of Thailand, 08 July 2013. Insects have long been on the menu in Thailand, but academics and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) officials are hoping they will become a more common global source of protein and nutrients to meet the need for growing world food requirements in the future.

In both Asia and Europe, edible insects have increasingly been used as ingredients in processed foods, removing the squeamish factor of directly eating the bugs, while in many Asian countries vendors sell the fried whole insects in markets to eager less-squeamish customers. Thailand’s pioneering advances in commercial insect farming over the past 15 years has focused on three insect species seeing the annual production of crickets, palm weevils and bamboo caterpillars rise to an average of 7,500 tons of insects a year for domestic and export consumption.

Insect farms are located in about sixteen northeast provinces of Thailand. The UN agency estimates that world food production will need to increase 60 per cent from current levels to meet global food requirements by 2050, and has become a keen advocate of insect consumption. Not only does this type of farming have less impact on the environment than many other meat source farming, the insects are also very high in protein, vitamins and minerals necessary for a good diet. (Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA)
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