Saturday, 17 March 2012

Amazing insect sculptures by Insect lab

Insect lab was founded by Mike Libby. He makes sculptures by combining insects with small parts of watches. He also uses electrical components and other odd bits from sewing machines and typewriters. I posted this subject on Google Plus Aug 14, 2011 Post

CETONIDAE: EUDICELLA WOERMANNI TRILINEATA
Brass watch parts gears, spring and red screw
 








The first steps: One day Mike Libby (born 1976) found a dead intact beetle and he had an old wristwatch. He felt the beetle looked like a little mechanical device too and so decided to combine the two. After dissecting the beetle, he put some watch parts and gears on it. And the first sculpture was born.




These days Mikes buys his insects (safe non-endangered) from Licensed Dealers who supply from all around the world; Africa, China, New Guinea, Brazil, Texas etc. He also uses insects, like a bumblebee or dragonfly, he finds himself.. 


The parts he mainly gets from antique pocket watches and wristwatches- and he uses almost every little part. He also uses electrical components and other odd bits from sewing machines and typewriters. Some people donate their broken watches or father’s old watch repair kit, which is always a great treasure! The insect sculptures are displayed either in a shadow box or a glass dome with a walnut base. 


On the Insect Lab - website, you can buy these amazing sculptures. 


ARACHNIDAE: HETEROMOET
RUS SPINIFER BIG black scorpion  

SATYRIDAE: HAETERA MACLEANNAN IA 
See through butterfly with brass and steel watch parts, gears and springs  

PAPILIONIDAE: PAPILIO RUMANZOVIA Swallowtai
l butterfly customized with steel and bress watch parts, gears, dials and springs   

MANTIDAE: TENODERA SUPERTITIOSA
Brass, and steel watchparts, gears, springs, screws, glow in the dark dial

ODONATA Steel, brass and copper watch gears, dials and parts 

ORTHOPTERA: TROPIDACRI S CRISTATA 
Brass, steel and copper watchparts, gears, dials and springs 

LUCANIDAE:
Stag beetle with brass, steels and copper watch parts, gears, dials and springs
 

DYNASTIDAE: EUPATROUS GRACILICOR NIS 
Brass and steel pocket watch gears, parts, plates, dials, springs and winding knob.    



2 comments:

  1. Yes, I like the post and the design. If I notice anything that can improve look or navigation, I'll let you know.

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  2. Thanks +David Cohen! Great to get feedback, if things don't work, or is you can help me make improvements.

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