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. The piece will be for sale and can be seen in person at Oliver Art Center, 28 July – 8 September 2017. Cold assembly: found objects, recycled jewelry, wire, fasteners, chandelier crystals, vintage cabinet knobs, acetate,Read 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. Wilburn 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: vintage wood sock darner, antique drawer pulls,Read 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. He will be on display and for sale at the Oliver CenterRead 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. Brunneis 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 andRead 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. 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

Missulena occatoria: Rubrum

Rubrum references a male Red-headed Mouse Spider, found in mainland Australia. They mainly prey on insects but also on frogs and lizards. During mating season, males wander around during the day in search of a willing female. On finding her, the male taps the ground at her burrow, hoping for a warm reception. Rubrum 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, BirdsRead more

Araneus saevus: Bennington

Bennington is a tiny, eight-legged engineer who builds spiral, wheel-shaped webs often found in gardens, fields and forests. They are social, largely non-aggressive, and seldom bite. In 2009, over 107 million orb weaver spiders were found living in a phenomenally huge web that covered four acres of a Baltimore wastewater plant. Bennington 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.”Read more

Lycosoidea lycosidae: Lulu

Lulu is a female wolf spider who is carrying her young. Immediately after her spiderlings emerge from their egg sac, they clamber up their mother’s legs and crowd onto her abdomen, giving her body an unusual, knobby appearance. These lonely hunters can live more than a decade. Lulu 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: antique woodenRead more