Aardvark Art Glass

bug week
May 25, 2010, 3:27 pm
Filed under: Bloggidy Blog

There was a caterpillar in the bottom of my coffee mug this morning:

The last time that mug got outside was Saturday at the Farmer’s Market. Then it was in a suitcase, then it was on my bench until I brought it home last night. So, unless the worm crawled in while the cup was in the store, it’s possible that that creature had nothing to drink but coffee for the past three days. Here is a picture of him on a paper towel:

He’s kind of pretty. He was alive but, unlike people who drink coffee for three days straight, didn’t seem real motivated to stay that way. I left him on the back porch where he could either crawl somewhere and mellow out or stay out in the open on the towel and get eaten by another creature. Or batted around by a cat or maybe a possum. I don’t know–whether he lives or dies I sense I’m in for a figurative ass-bite from something. I hope he’s not one of those worms that live in the web-bags that hang from trees. It’s going to be really hard to use the neighbor’s lilac tree as a bean trellis with one of those worm bags undulating on it.

In other bug news, insect artist Wesley Fleming stopped by our house on his way to the Racine Art Museum and points East. He’s got a show at the museum, remember? Starts in June, I think. Anyway, Wesley needed a place to crash so did a demo for us in exchange. Even using my set-up, which works fine for me because my beads are big and not very precise, he made a beetle:

and a spider:

Freaky. The beetle cracked but it’s still a valuable member of the cast because it shows the process. It’s in the case next to my perfect beetle. Someday, someone will come in and appreciate that crazy-ass punty hanging off the back leg. Maybe it will help them make their own bug. I’m kind of glad the piece is frozen at that particular moment because I would have forgotten all about that punty.

Bug demo not withstanding, I’m still struggling with my ants on a Twinkie. These are a lot better than the first ones, I think.  I used the smaller torch this time.  That helped as did not really caring what real ants on a Twinkie should look like. I think this is another one of those idea beads that would garner more praise were it in pipe form.

Well, that’s it for the bug round-up. I’m going to run home and see what happened to that caterpillar.


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Doesn’t look like a bagworm, but then I’m not a caterpillar expert, so … . But, it left it’s tree, so it’s doomed anyway. Suicide from evading murder-by-wasp, I bet.
Neat beetle and spider! Thanks for showing the guy’s work, have to look for him.
Maybe you’d be happier doing a baby onychophoran (velvet worm) on a twinkie, instead of ants. They’re squishier and basically weird.

Comment by phil

Hey Phil!
I went to check on the caterpillar and he was daid. End of the story. Too much coffee.
Go to Wesley’s site and check out his gallery-His museum pieces are there (mating damsel flies and hornet’s nest. Some kind of fungus infected ant, too.) The pieces incorporate natural materials. They’re quite an accomplishment.
I’m liking my ants more now but,hey, worm on a Twinkie. That probably would be easier. Really unappealing though. Speaking of which, here’s a link with instructions for making your own velvet worm out of a hot dog http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://littlenummies.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/100_0443.jpg&imgrefurl=http://littlenummies.net/%3Fp%3D931&usg=__I9acQ1z5rvdkrNsB4BMIZKXP42E=&h=2748&w=3664&sz=2192&hl=en&start=12&itbs=1&tbnid=JCOOhJhg2YrqTM:&tbnh=113&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvelvet%2Bworm%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1

Comment by cathylybarger

Velvet worm hot dog! Wonderful, and somehow appropriate.
I looked at Fleming’s gallery, and yeah! nice work. The fungus-killed ant is cool.
But then it all is.

Comment by phil

Not a tent worm, but it doesn’t matter, now that he is dead. The tent worm has blue spots down the sides and little hairs.

That spider is sooooooooo nice!

Was nice to meet you and glad to have gotten a chance to check out your shop. My husband wants a visit.

Comment by Mary

Hey Mary!
It was nice meeting you too. Visits are always appreciated. We should drag my husband in next time. I think he thinks I’m making it up when I say that people from the internet visit me.

Comment by cathylybarger

Will definately make a return visit. While I am thinking about it, here are some great links for caterpillar ID. This guy Bill Oehlke runs these as a introduction to his massive membership site, which I am a member of. It is very helpful to anyone who spends time outside and has curiosity.

Comment by Mary

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