Anisoptera L. libellulidae: Rufus

Rufus represents >1000 species with nearly worldwide distribution. Because of their coloration and behavior, they are one of the most easily identifiable of dragonflies. They perch often on shrubs, or flowers, especially near lakes or ponds, and habitually return to the same perch. Rufuswill be on display and for sale at the Oliver Center for the Arts July 28 – September 8, 2017 as part of a group exhibition, “Bugs, Birds and Beasts.” Cold assembly: Antique wooden spindle, vintage buttons, wire, acetate,Read more

Anisoptera A. aeshnidae: Parva Draco

Parva represents the family of darners, among the largest dragonflies on Earth. With their four large and powerful wings, they can fly forward or backward or hover like a helicopter. Their large, hemispherical compound eyes promote excellent vision, and they are voracious insect predators with sharp, biting mouthparts. Parva will be on display and for sale at the Oliver Center for the Arts July 28 – September 8, 2017 as part of a group exhibition, “Bugs, Birds and Beasts.” Cold assembly: antiqueRead more

Bombylius major: Celero

Bee flies might be mistaken for large, fuzzy mosquitoes because of the long proboscis, but it is for sipping nectar, not blood. These flies are very good at hovering, which reinforces their resemblance to bees. They forage on spring flowers, such as lilac and plum blossoms, and help control wasp and solitary bee populations by laying their eggs at the entrance of underground nests. After hatching, the larvae find their way into the nests to feed on the larvae. CeleroRead more

Musca domestica: Francisco

To offer a respectful nod to the benefits of flies, the artist reminds us through this work that insects–including the lowly house fly–are worthy of our utmost and deepest appreciation. As it turns out, the use of pesticides designed to kill this and other insects is actually causing more damage to the ecosystem than the flies themselves. Without them, we’d be instantly neck-deep in piles of detritus and dead matter. Francisco is elaborately adorned so as to distract the common swatter. He willRead more

Diopsoidea diopsidae: Skelly

Stalk-eyed flies are a family of insects distinguished from most other flies by the possession of elongated eyestalks–projections from the sides of the head with the eyes at the end. These flies can see a region of space extending over more than a hemisphere (>180 degrees) in all directions. Skelly will be on display and for sale at the Oliver Center for the Arts July 28 – September 8, 2017 as part of an exhibition, “Bugs, Birds and Beasts.” ColdRead more