The Syrphid fly: a good guy

The Syrphid fly, aka the hoverfly or flower fly, is often seen hovering over flowers. Aphid-eating hoverflies are important natural enemies of pests, and potential agents for use in biological control. Some adult syrphid flies are important pollinators. Hoverflies are common throughout the world and the good news is, they are harmless to most other animals. Look twice next time you think you see a wasp or bee–it may just be the more gentle and beneficial hoverfly. Materials: Vintage wood, beads and buttons; wire; wool; motorRead more

Oliver Art Center: glimpses

Friday and Saturday, July 28 & 29, Oliver Art Center gallery buzzed with activity as nine Chelsea area artists revealed their latest works for the installation “Bugs, Birds and Beasts.” The show ran through 8 September 2017.Read more

Swarm: Entomology 101

What could be more fun than a swirling cloud of large, hairy insects hanging about in your living space? An eclectic mix of spiders, mosquitoes, beetles and flies—a budding entomologist’s dream! Each insect in this swarm has its own fascinating story, described in the slides below. This piece sold, but new swarms are coming up in 2019! Stay tuned. Cold assembly: found objects, recycled jewelry, wire, fasteners, chandelier crystals, vintage cabinet knobs, acetate, paint. Dimensions: 40″ x 30″ x 30′ $1600Read more

Eupatorus gracilicornis: Wilburn

The Five-horned Beetle is one of the most elegant of rhinoceros beetles. They are also known as Hercules beetles, unicorn beetles, or horn beetles. There are over 300 described species of these beetles, best known for their bizarre shapes and large size. Cold assembly: vintage wood sock darner, antique drawer pulls, vintage eyeglass temples, antique oil can and wrought iron stake fragment, antique wood and brass vase, feathers, leather buttons, recycled jewelry. Dimensions: 12″x6″x17″ To purchase this insect, follow thisRead more

Panchlora nivea: Virgil

 The Cuban cockroach is found in the Caribbean and southern U.S. It lives outdoors, so is not considered a pest. In fact it is a popular pet roach due to its relatively pleasant green color, and because it is not an invasive indoor species. It is also used as food for other pets. Virgil is formidably tall–just over four feet–but manages to charm folks with his dry wit and delicate sensibilities. Cold assembly: Hand-carved blue spruce, antique buttons, vintage kitchen whisk,Read more

Archimantis latistyla: Brunneis

Brunneis is based on the large brown mantis, a species native to Australia. They are beneficial garden insects who prey on pests. Adults can jump about a meter and attack large prey, such as small birds, frogs, and lizards. While a praying mantis will bite if provoked, the bite is not venomous. Cold assembly: antique shoe form and wire whisk, vintage silver butter knives, vintage jewelry, machine parts, wire, wool. Dimensions: 15″x8″x18″ $425Read more

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. Cold assembly: Antique wooden spindle, vintage buttons, wire, acetate, wool. Dimensions: 6″x14″x12″ $225  S O L DRead 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. Cold assembly: antique oil lamp mechanism, vintage jewelry, machine parts, wire, feathers, acetate, wool. Dimensions: 11″x17″x17″ $425Read more