|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.
|SATYRIDAE: HAETERA MACLEANNAN |
See through butterfly with brass and steel watch parts, gears 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
Stag beetle with brass, steels and copper watch parts, gears, dials and springs
Brass and steel pocket watch gears, parts, plates, dials, springs and winding knob.