archiemcphee:

Colossal, the Department of Incredible Insects recently encountered more photos of the fascinating work of French artist Hubert Duprat and his industrious Caddisflies (previously featured here).

"Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away."

Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.

Visit Colossal for additional images and video of Hubert Duprat discussing these amazing insects and their shiny, shiny creations.

transjudai:

mmmmblocking out the haters

transjudai:

mmmmblocking out the haters

I hate this nasty, disgusting summer heat…

kirrys:

Dios De Los Muertos Thresh!

LMAO my ingame screenshot mockups are laughably horrible. But hopefully, you are enchanted as much as I am by the idea of a happy mariachi skeleton band.

My fortune cookie of the day. I find this quite flattering.

My fortune cookie of the day. I find this quite flattering.

teacupsandcyanide:

Avatar: The Last Airbender was a very beautiful show.

you-only-need-to-click-once-fool:

// I… WHAT.

I have never seen this instrument before… Where can I get one?

I FINALLY WAS ABLE TO BUY A DOGGONE SHIMMER GENE SCROLL.

JARVAN THE 6TH IS NOW A TRIPE-GENE DRAGON.

HIS BODY IS SO READY.

EXCEPT HE STILL HAS TO WAIT A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE A NEST IS AVAILABLE.

PATIENCE, YOUNG DRAGON. DO NOT AROUSE OR AWAKEN YOUR LOVE UNTIL IT SO DESIRES.

Oh, I almost forgot…

THREE-DAY WEEKENDS, YES~!

Dude, that Soraka rework. So looking forward to it.