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Henry Dupat vs the caddisfly

22 FEB 2013 | Posted By: NickJ

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Henry Dupat vs the caddisfly

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Generally speaking, the caddisfly is a pretty run-of-the-mill insect. It kinda looks like a moth, flies around a lot, is usually found near water and often finds itself on the end of a fishing hook. However, in the eyes of French artist Hubert Duprat, there was one particular aspect of the caddisfly that made it much more than just Mortein fodder. 

As the caddisfly's larvae are aquatic, it needs to spin a water-tight silk casing made from bits and pieces found in its immediate environment like twigs, leaves or pieces of shell from crustaceans. To you or I, this is simply bug business. But to Duprat, it was potential art gold. Literally. Duprat went about placing caddisflies into an environment full of gold leafing, pearls and other sparkly stuff, to which the insects then used their new construction materials to create ridiculously amazing casings.

He basically used science to bling the shit out of some bugs. It's pretty rad. 

*We don't recommend catching flies and applying your Bedazzler to achieve a similar result. It's not the same thing. You're not Hubert Duprat. 
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