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Art Scouting: Beautiful Bugs

Aug 16, 2013

by Abbey Nova

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Abbey Nova lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband and toddler son. She has a master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts and Design and has worked for museums all over the city, in addition to publishing  on topics ranging from nineteenth-century silversmiths to the artists of the Studio Craft Movement. Her blog, designscouting, explores the role design plays in our daily lives.

The aisles of my local drugstore tell a story of just how intertwined human existence is with the insect world, and it’s not a pretty one.  Beyond the rows of sunscreens and sunburn products are the insect repellent and after-bite products.  A few aisles down is the cockroach section, with cans of ant insecticide and some wasp killer, too. As I walk towards the pharmacist I pass the lice section, where the octagonal brand logos look like stop signs.

The aggravation of a mosquito bite, the late night scuttle of a roach — chances are you’ve experienced one or the other. But insects are not just a source of irritation. If you’ve ever gone flyfishing while a good caddisfly hatch is on, you’ll know what I mean.

Insects also have a long history in art, where they often take on spiritual meaning and symbolism. Early rock paintings of spiders in Spain make a connection to the moon and fertility.

Throughout ancient art found in Egypt, Greece, and Australia, winged insects like the fly, grasshopper, butterfly represent the human soul. The humble bee, industrious and communal, connotes purity, intelligence and spirituality.

The often moralizing paintings from  16th and 17th century Dutch still-life tradition contain layers of meaning that include insects. Here, the butterfly is seen as a symbol of redemption and resurrection, while the fly and dragonfly are symbols of the devil and spiritual temptation.

As you look through the paintings, drawings, photographs and embroideries of insects on Etsy, you’ll find the the insect kingdom in its diverse glory.

Are you a fan of bugs in art?

Browse Art on Etsy

Fly Fishing fishing fly etching  June Bug
Fly Fishing fishing fly etching June Bug
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Red String I an original watercolor paintng
Red String I an original watercolor paintng
$2,800.00 USD
Bees in the Island's Valley - Mezzotint
Bees in the Island's Valley - Mezzotint
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Still Life- A Wild Bunch- Art Print
Still Life- A Wild Bunch- Art Print
$38.00 USD
Bumblebee Linocut - Lino Block Illustration of European Bumblebee, Bee Biodiversity Print Collection, Bombus Terrestris, Insects Pollination
Bumblebee Linocut - Lino Block Illustration of European Bumblebee, Bee Biodiversity Print Collection, Bombus Terrestris, Insects Pollination
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Original acrylic painting entitled "Wanted Dead or Alive"
Original acrylic painting entitled "Wanted Dead or Alive"
$30.00 USD
Plant Still Life Insect Watercolor Painting Gouache Drawing Contemporary Art Decor Wall Art Botanical Butterfly Green Flowers Fruits Art
Plant Still Life Insect Watercolor Painting Gouache Drawing Contemporary Art Decor Wall Art Botanical Butterfly Green Flowers Fruits Art
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3 Featured Comments

  • perkysfinds

    Margaret Lubahn from PerkysCuriosityShop said 5 years ago Featured

    Thank you for encouraging people to look past the "ick factor" and appreciate how beautiful and amazing the insect folk can be! I often find myself speaking in defense of spiders, another under-appreciated group. How nice to find a kindred spirit on Etsy!

  • lynndaley1

    Lynn Daley said 5 years ago Featured

    Bugs are some of the most beautiful (yes, beautiful!) creatures on the planet. When they're not beautiful they're so interesting and complex in their make-up and design I can see why art is full of their kind. I'm a hobbyist photographer and one of my favorite subjects are insects. I love to see them through my macro lens where surprising and amazing details are revealed. I've converted many a bug hater into a bug admirer by helping them to peek into a world they've never seen or noticed before. The incredible intricacy of a finally laced wing, the metallic neon colors of an insect's body, or the carved and multicolored antennae of a beautiful moth. Since the planet is dependent on the actions of many varieties in the insect world we should be grateful for them and pay homage to their skill, hard work and beauty in art.

  • hollylyn83

    Holly Johnson said 5 years ago Featured

    As an entomologist I love insect art and look for it everywhere. I love our deep history with insects (and again as the article states, not the bad but the good), and the symbols we place on them. They are beautiful and are living art (even a mosquito can surprise you when it has sapphire blue scales). Thank you for highlighting the insects and noting a few special ones, I am always looking for more for my collection! <3

177 comments

  • michele325

    Michele from MichelesAManoDesigns said 5 years ago

    Dragonflies look so scary, but they are so helpful in that they eat SO Many illness carrying mosquitoes! Go dragonflies! Love ladybugs too :)

  • minouette

    Ele from minouette said 5 years ago

    I love seeing natural history- including spectacular insects- in art! Even the most squeemish can see the textile art embroidery by whatnomints and the the bettle sculpture by Iro Fiber Art are beautiful. Elsita's papercut bee blows my mind. It's interesting to consider these in the context of the history of still life painting and symbolism. Wonderful finds - thank you for including my bumblebee linocut!

  • handmadebycecilia

    Cecilia Escobar from HandmadebyCecilia said 5 years ago

    It's interesting how after passing beyond our fear, we find insects rather interesting and with curiosity. In my case, I learned to "enjoy" them after becoming an avid gardener and as a meditative exercise example. Now, if I only could do the same with mice ... that's another story. Very interesting and unique article, thank you.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Interesting post but I'm not an insect person at all!

  • expressyourself

    Natalia Snemis from expressyourself said 5 years ago

    Great collection of insects!

  • BozenaWojtaszek

    Bozena Wojtaszek from BozenaWojtaszek said 5 years ago

    Well, I'm not a big fun of bugs in reality, but those are beautiful!

  • foxfeather

    Foxfeather Zenkova from foxfeather said 5 years ago

    There certainly are a variety of some really gorgeous insects - if you've never seen orchid and flower mantises I highly recommend looking them up :)

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 5 years ago

    I enjoy all creatures in art and creative thins. Love that bee paper sculpture!

  • Rebestein

    Rebestein from Rebestein said 5 years ago

    Love this post! Good job!

  • hingedjewelry

    Amy Taylor from hingedjewelry said 5 years ago

    Extraordinary. Gorgeous pieces...I had to comment right away, even before I read the post!

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 5 years ago

    lovely and inspiring bug art

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts said 5 years ago

    Oooo I love these bug works of art! I love Preying Mantis. Hope I spelled it right. Thanks for having some great art on here.

  • elizasteindesigns

    Eliza Stein from elizasteindesigns said 5 years ago

    Yes, I am a fan of bugs in art, and in the rest of life too! What a wonderful collection of art and history.

  • VelvetRevived

    VelvetRevived from VelvetRevived said 5 years ago

    I'm not generally a big fan of bugs and only begrudgingly accept those that eat other bugs which would cause more harm, but I grew to love the sound of those horrifyingly huge cicadas when I lived in Washington, DC for 15 years! What would those hot Washington summer nights be without the hypnotic sound of the cicadas? Luckily, you are much more likely to hear them than to see them! I do miss them...

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore said 5 years ago

    My favorite from this is whatnomints' embroidered tea towel with a cockroach. Something about juxtaposing a formal object with a "lowly" bug makes me smile. :)

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Gee, that tattooed leather is interesting! This is the way I like my bugs - in art.

  • deekish

    Deeksha Lakshmi from TheColorWagon said 5 years ago

    Interesting history of insect art!! Very informative.

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick said 5 years ago

    Wonderful post. Thank you.

  • Backtoearthleather

    Daniel V from Backtoearthleather said 5 years ago

    Strange & Interesting Creatures

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 5 years ago

    Very interesting article if insect!

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 5 years ago

    Interesting!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the mini-history lesson on insects in art! Fascinating! I love insects in art because of their beautiful symmetrical shapes. Their colors and patterns can resemble abstract paintings.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 5 years ago

    Insects are fascinating as well as beautiful. Real bugs have been used as jewelry for centuries, & butterfly wings are still used today. My fave buggy finds here on Etsy are the soft sculptures of moths & butterflies, made by several talented sellers... it's a pity you haven't included any in your selections.

  • happybdaytome

    happybdaytome from happybdaytome said 5 years ago

    Super cool !

  • Minxshop

    Minkie from RogueMinxClothing said 5 years ago

    Hooray for bugs! I love the one with them among jewels. It would be a really neat real life display

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 5 years ago

    I'm afraid of insects, but still find them very interesting, I like dragonflies, at this season we see a lot around (Florida), I started to make amigurumi dragonflies some years ago and painting bugs on canvas, boxes, etc. Thank you for sharing! Love the article and I love Elsita's art

  • ArigigiPixel

    Gina from ArigigiPixel said 5 years ago

    Great finds!

  • wonbien

    W.B. from DishwasherSign said 5 years ago

    Wow, great photos of stitching and cut paper.

  • NatureVisionsToo

    Erica from NatureVisionsToo said 5 years ago

    Insects are so fascinating! Amazing details in such a tiny package - I love watching and photographing them:-)

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 5 years ago

    Creative collection !

  • enchantedplanet

    enchantedplanet from enchantedplanet said 5 years ago

    I Love to watch insects. Especially bees, butterflies, and dragonflies too. They're absolutely mesmerizing. Great article, Abbey! :)

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 5 years ago

    Love, love, love, love. That's about all I have to day: love it!

  • dionnemarshall18

    Dionne Marshall from PuncturedArtefact said 5 years ago

    Aw thanks everso, what a beautiful bug post! Thanks for using my 'Jewelled bugs' tattooed leather art. www.puncturedartefact.com. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PuncturedArtefact Much love. Dionne, designer maker @ Punctured Artefact

  • 915suzie

    Suzie Hoisington from Oldendesigns said 5 years ago

    Interesting :) made me itch a little lol

  • SilverspotMetalworks

    Jessee J. Smith from SilverspotMetalworks said 5 years ago

    My husband is an entomologist specializing in cicadas and the history of beekeeping, so we are constantly immersed in insects. In fact, both of my shop names (SilverspotMetalworks and SilverspotStudio) are derived from a colloquial term for the great spangled fritillary that is my logo. I've noticed an increasing interest in insects as the subjects of art and jewelry, and it's great to see makers finding inspiration in less commonly represented insects (like cockroaches or stinkbugs) as well as the traditionally popular butterflies and dragonflies. Lalique made stunning jewelry featuring insects such as grasshoppers, stag beetles, and yellowjackets. He knew what many people are just discovering: that every insect presents its own tiny world of form, texture, color, and vivid beauty.

  • jizbasusan

    Susan Jizba from TheWeaverOfWords said 5 years ago

    I like butterflies and bees a lot. Bees have always seemed to be a humble friendly prosperous sort of insect. I love them on paper products and ceramics. Butterflies with their miraculous life cycle symbolize incredible transformations into ethereal beauty. Spiders are pretty cool too, since they weave amazingly strong beautiful webs, they are so incredibly lovely when ornamented with the morning dew. Spiders are also represent language and writing, so whenever I see a lot of spiders, I know it’s a sign to get writing!

  • scarvesinfinity

    Le Chelle from ScarvesInfinity said 5 years ago

    Can't wait to share this post with my little niece who LOVES bugs. I'm not so into the creepy crawlers but I take an interest because she does ♥

  • thunderpeep

    Michelle Reaney from thunderpeep said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Although that first piece by whatnomints looks real enough to probably make me jump out of my skin everytime I saw it ;)

  • Gobbledygook

    Dahlia Miranda from JuniperRoses said 5 years ago

    Such an interesting array of buggies! They are all beautiful in their own way, aren't they? xoxo - Juniper Rose's Handmade & Vintage

  • MONOtekst

    Hilde Iren Dolheim from MONOtekst said 5 years ago

    what a cool selection! Love bugs - the shapes and lines!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 5 years ago

    Bugs! though some bugs creep me out, I like seeing them in jewelry and art. As long as they are not crawling on me in real life, I'm fine.

  • GoGoSnap

    GoGoSnap Vintage Invitations and Stationery from GoGoSnap said 5 years ago

    I love the floral still life from Lucy Snowe. It's so reminiscent of a Dutch painting, but with a more "now" appeal with the skull and hornet's nest! Love the article!

  • rakubuttons

    rakubuttons from rakubuttons said 5 years ago

    A post about "ART"! wheee! ..........or is this a bug?

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 5 years ago

    Stunning work, I definitely don't like bugs, but yours are amazing! Great post!!!

  • MissingTagVintage

    Caroline from MissingTagVintage said 5 years ago

    The more I help my right hand man in the garden, the more appreciative I've become of our bee and good bug friends. Cool finds!

  • TreadleLady

    Donna Kohler from TreadleLady said 5 years ago

    Insects are interesting in the wild but any in the house better not be realistic! Two favorite art insects I've purchased are a beautiful glass dragonfly and a gorgeous Fimo beetle brooch. Then there is my Halloween costume, I dress as a fun witch and made a big orange hat with a large rubber spider web on the side and a rubber spider dangles from the edge of the brim, fun fun. The white paper fly is beautifully constructed but the embroidered roach on a dishtowel is just creepy. :)

  • bstudio

    Bren from bstudio said 5 years ago

    I'm a big fan of bugs, thanks for the great article!

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 5 years ago

    Fun bug art!

  • jlaveglio

    Jennifer LaVeglio from ShiiShi said 5 years ago

    Love bugs! The more I learn about them, the more fascinated I become.

  • sistersteel

    Sandy Baker from Sistersteel said 5 years ago

    Without bugs we humans would be in a world of hurt...vital and beautiful. I worry about the honey bees.

  • Jenalane

    Jenalane said 5 years ago

    I've always been obsessed with insects as a source of inspiration for art and design. Just taking components of their compact and elegant design would brighten up any project. I have a dream of designing a line of outdoor tents inspired by and named after insects.

  • staceydresser

    Stacey Dresser from ModernRomantics said 5 years ago

    Wow, you are a very talented artist. Incredible!

  • kskjewelrydesigns

    Kim from KathartesJewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful bugs! Another big fan here - thanks for showing insects some love!

  • artbycarrie10

    Carrie Paquette from Artbycarriepaquette said 5 years ago

    I have never drawn a bug just the birds that eat them... You are very talented and you give a new respect for these little creatures.

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone said 5 years ago

    Love to use insects in my jewelry! They are beautiful creatures! Thanks for sharing your finds!

  • deodorantshop

    Deodorant Shop from deodorantshop said 5 years ago

    Super cute!

  • michele325

    Michele from MichelesAManoDesigns said 5 years ago

    My second grade class and I would do a play/musical called, "Going Buggy" ---so much fun. It's all from the point of view of the insects! What it's like to get stepped on, hear screaming when they come into room, etc. Really funny! The best was when my son's second grade class did it too! I loved it! Great to sit back and enjoy after all those years of being behind the scenes :)

  • sarahmoon503

    Sarah from Birchmoonrocksfibers said 5 years ago

    I love this, I wanted to keep reading more. I have always intoned to my children- all life forms have a role, a purpose; and that goes for ugly icky bugs too. I also have been curious about the Egyptians and their love for the scarb beetle, why the beetle? One of my favorites are moths. Spiders, not too crazy about but they eat flies, so that's good! and weave beautiful, mind boggling webs. great article!

  • theshack

    Alex Trumble from theshack said 5 years ago

    Buz Buz. Love making bugs too!

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 5 years ago

    I love learning about symbolism. Thanks for sharing some of the meanings behind insects.

  • NicittoDesign

    Nicholas Aflitto from NicittoDesign said 5 years ago

    Love your stuff. Insects are near and dear to us!

  • agardenofdreams

    a garden of dreams from agardenofdreams said 5 years ago

    great article and diverse samples!

  • fairymarina

    Marina from Thefairyside said 5 years ago

    amazing work! Love it!!

  • TheCuriositeer

    D Green from TheCuriositeer said 5 years ago

    I LOVE bugs (can't you tell lol?). Thanks for an article highlighting that they are, in fact, not yucky creepy critters. Bugs can be beautiful ;)

  • marmamamma

    Marmen Raquin from FrenchAtticFinds said 5 years ago

    beautiful.

  • ristenstrand

    Anders Ristenstrand from RISTENSTRAND said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for featuring my macro photo of the spider! Here´s another of my macro shots! https://www.etsy.com/listing/158192565/fly-insect-macro-photo-lord-of-the-flies?ref=shop_home_active

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 5 years ago

    Lovely!

  • christineshmisteen

    CHRISTINE SHMISTEEN from TheArtOfFinerThings said 5 years ago

    I could not deal with a roach design on a tea towel.

  • iammieGallery

    iammieGallery from iammieGallery said 5 years ago

    I'm not a fan of bugs in art but these picks are so cool!

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and interesting work!

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage from MetroRetroVintage said 5 years ago

    A wonderful article on insects. The Victorians loved their representation as well. I've long wanted to keep bees, but it's not practical for where I live. I also enjoyed your blog (and the Art Scouting section). Thank you Abbey. :)

  • perkysfinds

    Margaret Lubahn from PerkysCuriosityShop said 5 years ago Featured

    Thank you for encouraging people to look past the "ick factor" and appreciate how beautiful and amazing the insect folk can be! I often find myself speaking in defense of spiders, another under-appreciated group. How nice to find a kindred spirit on Etsy!

  • oakstudiosofdesign

    Susan and Scott from oakstudiosofdesign said 5 years ago

    Wonderful article! We are a bug-friendly family!

  • mriefler

    Molly Riefler from MulberryStreetPaper said 5 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Bosheree08

    Aimee L. Clem from Bosheree said 5 years ago

    Wow, how unique!!! Great job!!!

  • BugUnderGlass

    Kevin Clarke from BugUnderGlass said 5 years ago

    love this post!

  • amornaturals

    Glendy del Cid Noeh from Amornaturals said 5 years ago

    This is why I chose the honeybee to be the logo of my natural bath and beauty products, it's a symbol of good luck and of purity :)

  • matildecanepagonzale

    Matilde Cánepa González from matildecanepaArtnow said 5 years ago

    I love bees, I made a sculpture. Its title "generation from a bee." As part of an imaginary bestiary. spiders seem interesting, do not let the cat's grip.

  • beachartz

    Mona Lisa from beachartz said 5 years ago

    My yard in Florida is full of hibiscus flowers. When you get up close and look inside, there will always be little black ants inside. I always include those ants on the hibiscus in my paintings... not sure about symbolism of the ant but they are always there!

  • mlezcano

    Mary Lezcano from BellaBboutique said 5 years ago

    I feel that nature is always a huge source of inspiration in art and insects are a part of nature so naturally they too become a resource for artists.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 5 years ago

    Terrific intricate pieces of art ~ Gardening this morning a humungo meaty spider crept out from underneath a mint root. Clear legs ~ yellow mushroom like back. about the size of a 1/2 dollar , scared me .... out of the mint patch for the day !! how fitting a post !

  • bdelpesco

    Belinda Del Pesco from bdelpesco said 5 years ago

    What a great subject. Bugs are already intricate, complex and beautiful in so many ways, but artists can make even the simplest of insects look amazing - a makeover with a pair of scissors and paper, or a paintbrush & pigments. Great post!

  • GabriellePeck

    Gabrielle Peck from Whimsebox said 5 years ago

    I am so in love with bugs, what a great article.

  • laramored

    Anemone from AnemoneReadsVintage said 5 years ago

    Fantastic post! I love some insects - fireflies, dragonflies - hate other critters. Love the cockroach hankerchief, though! Would have never thought I'd like any kind of art/craft with a roach on it

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 5 years ago

    Awesome critters!!

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations said 5 years ago

    Very cool. Still have all my old scarab beetle jewelry.

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 5 years ago

    Interesting feature . But not fan of insects.

  • poppyfrocks

    Carol from POPPYFROCKS said 5 years ago

    AT LAST a salute to insects, the most interesting, likely most feared tiny creatures on earth! Kudos for your most endearing piece in defense of my gorgeous, delicate and intricate little friends from God..

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 5 years ago

    I like the embroidery piece. There is beauty in bugs because there is beauty in everything...butterflies are bugs, too!

  • erinagifts

    Jennifer from ErinaGifts said 5 years ago

    I was unsure of how people would see my insect pieces, but I think they are beautiful, and have received many comments just the same. I'm glad to see so many other people finding beauty in them too. https://www.etsy.com/listing/157935323/green-butterfly-print-silver-circle https://www.etsy.com/listing/158045757/vintage-bee-graphic-print-silver-circle

  • cmallouf1

    Chris T Emm from ThunderandRain said 5 years ago

    From one bug artist to another, your art work is great! I will keep checking in to view your new creations. thunderandrain

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 5 years ago

    Sometimes looking at things that scare us, in an art form, gives us new perspective. Bugs truly are beautiful creatures. Thanks for giving them a new light!

  • asweetgift

    Ana McDaniel from asweetgift said 5 years ago

    What a great article. As an artist I had to design place cards for anthologist and also for a butterfly and dragonfly place card for few of my customers that are bug lovers. These was probably some of the must fun work I had to do. https://www.etsy.com/transaction/81875695 https://www.etsy.com/transaction/81234490 https://www.etsy.com/transaction/83603452 It is fun to see other artist creations in the same field. I will continue checking you new creations.

  • Senobar

    Senobar from Senobar said 5 years ago

    Love your post and selections! I love butterflies the most and get inspired by them in my work!!!

  • Challand

    Sharon Challand from Challand said 5 years ago

    Fun post!

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography said 5 years ago

    Love dragonflies but I'll pass on the roaches!

  • ErtheFae

    AJ from ErtheFae said 5 years ago

    My house and Etsy favorites are full of insect art... mostly beetles. But the ultimate proof that I love insect art is the large beetle tattoo on my lower back :D

  • bradford924

    Mandy Bradford from AnUnexpectedJourney said 5 years ago

    I love bugs and insects as art. They are so interesting structurally and don't even get me started on the rainbow of colors!!

  • threeredtrees

    Stacey from originalsockdogs said 5 years ago

    My 6 year old daughter is fascinated with bugs, always has been. She currently has 4 bughouses filled with assorted crawlies, all of which she knows how to take care of and loves to talk about. Who knows...maybe she will go on to save the honeybee! I love how bugs inspire curiosity in kids.

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 5 years ago

    very cool!

  • ESTATENOW

    VINTAGE NOW from ESTATENOW said 5 years ago

    Lady Bugs are soo cute...very interesting..

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from LorenasInkDesigns said 5 years ago

    very cool lovely art , great article and i love butterflies and dragonflies

  • FeltHappiness

    Juliane Gorman from FeltHappiness said 5 years ago

    Thanks for a rather lovely Etsy blog on insects. Non-art related, but equally fascinating and wonderfully written is Sue Hubbell's book 'Broadsides from the Other Orders: a Book of Bugs.'

  • sillylittlesheep

    Veronika from sillylittlesheep said 5 years ago

    Insects are gorgeous!

  • novavintage

    novavintage from NovaVintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! xo

  • glendalee

    glenda puhek from glendalee said 5 years ago

    Your observations and selections really made my morning. As a person who enjoys 'things that are not often noticed', I found it artistically inspiring.

  • ballandchain

    Katrina Balling from ballandchain said 5 years ago

    gorgeous collection!!

  • AlpineGypsy

    Heidi from AlpineGypsy said 5 years ago

    I Heart bugs ♥ Fun article!

  • critterconnection

    critterconnection from critterconnection said 5 years ago

    Great Post .. I love to Photograph Insects Bugs and Animals ... You Never Know what you miss if you don't Look Up & be Present ....We are All Connected..Critter or Human...

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 5 years ago

    God is my favorite artist.

  • ninedragons

    Elizabeth England from ninedragons said 5 years ago

    I've loved bugs since I was a little girl and made friends with the fuzzy caterpillars that used to visit our passion flower vine every year. This is a lovely collection.

  • TheKnottyRatsNest

    Tiffany from TheKnottyRatsNest said 5 years ago

    It is amazing the beauty in nature we have, and can create from. Great collection :)

  • LetterKayDesigns

    LetterKayDesigns from LetterKayDesigns said 5 years ago

    Fun finds!

  • lynndaley1

    Lynn Daley said 5 years ago Featured

    Bugs are some of the most beautiful (yes, beautiful!) creatures on the planet. When they're not beautiful they're so interesting and complex in their make-up and design I can see why art is full of their kind. I'm a hobbyist photographer and one of my favorite subjects are insects. I love to see them through my macro lens where surprising and amazing details are revealed. I've converted many a bug hater into a bug admirer by helping them to peek into a world they've never seen or noticed before. The incredible intricacy of a finally laced wing, the metallic neon colors of an insect's body, or the carved and multicolored antennae of a beautiful moth. Since the planet is dependent on the actions of many varieties in the insect world we should be grateful for them and pay homage to their skill, hard work and beauty in art.

  • janeeroberti

    Jane E Roberti from janeeroberti said 5 years ago

    I've featured insect designs in my jewelry since day 1, but they are a hard sell, being met generally with fear and revulsion. I wonder if it is another example of our modern technological culture's alienation from the natural world. I was inspired by the elaborate designs of Victorian and Art Nouveau jewelry, by odes to insects in great works of literature, by their mythological import across cultures over the ages, and the by mind boggling beauty and diversity of insects themselves. Thank you for giving me even more reasons to love them!

  • hollylyn83

    Holly Johnson said 5 years ago Featured

    As an entomologist I love insect art and look for it everywhere. I love our deep history with insects (and again as the article states, not the bad but the good), and the symbols we place on them. They are beautiful and are living art (even a mosquito can surprise you when it has sapphire blue scales). Thank you for highlighting the insects and noting a few special ones, I am always looking for more for my collection! <3

  • JodysVintage

    Jody Ball from PansyRoadVintage said 5 years ago

    Insects are amazing little creatures.. I admire them...doing just what they were created to do without question...simply amazing!

  • michele325

    Michele from MichelesAManoDesigns said 5 years ago

    I've taught my kids not to fear spiders. Granted there are some that can harm, and one needs to be careful. BUT they are so amazing to watch! AND...they can be so helpful! They take care of a lot of pesky bugs that really aren't wanted near and around the house...

  • duCharmeRetrospect

    Kristin duCharme from duCharmeRetrospect said 5 years ago

    I have been making glass and wire insects for years and I really appreciate to see such a gleeful following for two of my favorite things. Creatures and art!

  • HomegrownThings

    Melanie Wilson from HomegrownThings said 5 years ago

    Those are incredible. The detail is amazing.

  • Catinthecloset

    Catherine Dillhoff from Catinthecloset said 5 years ago

    this post is realy interesting! thank you!

  • katerinalebedeva

    Katerina Lebedeva from DenaliGold said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful work !

  • madebymirjam

    Mirjam from madebymirjam said 5 years ago

    Love it and very inspired............

  • dlbrufuk

    Saliha Dilber from fashioncesa said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful.

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 5 years ago

    love 'm or hate 'm... insectets arean example of great design. great post , thanks.

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    I absolutely love insects and find that every single one is actually beautiful. This summer the birds have been feasting on cicadas but don't eat the wings and drop them all over the garden. These wings are amazing, and have intricate beautiful patterns with an iridescence that only nature can capture. So doing what any good Etsyan would do, I collected them all up.

  • Gregarianne

    Mary Ann from Gregarianne said 5 years ago

    I've spent the last two years learning to coexist (due to necessity and circumstance) with insects that I used to be horrified to get near. I highly recommend it. Before that, I always tried to provide for the pollinators where I live by fostering the native flowering plants in various areas of the yard. Now I see how the entire ecosystem is symbiotic-each living creature has its place...beautiful and actually, quite fragile.

  • jenniferadventures

    Jennifer Hales from BugAndBoy said 5 years ago

    I love art that makes things that most could consider ugly or not really recognize as art and makes them beautiful. It is amazing to see how it can change our out look of things. Bugs being things that people don't really appreciate are vitally important to our existence and should be recognized in an appreciative artistic form. (though I am fine if spiders stay outside)

  • stickergirletc

    joana mistak from Joanacrafts101 said 5 years ago

    i love making stuff :D check out my stuff :D

  • gypsygirlfashions

    Carol Joy from gypsygirlfashions said 5 years ago

    Yes, I love to LOOK at bugs, but I have to say, I'm not a fan of them crawling on my arm. They certainly have they're place in this world though. Carol Joy

  • Maxijoy

    Joy from MaxiJoy said 5 years ago

    Very nteresting post. İnfact Bugs are beautiful creatures..

  • s3w47m88

    Spencer Hill from ThePortlandCompany said 5 years ago

    Elizabeth Perry (a fellow Etsier) does some really beautiful hair pins that are little bee's ( http://www.etsy.com/listing/92401789/gold-bumble-bee-bobby-pins-the-original?ref=shop_home_feat ). They've bee-come super popular too. Insects are pretty nasty so I love it when artists turn them into something you're not afraid to touch, haha.

  • sassafras807

    Patricia Cummins from artfullysassy said 5 years ago

    Lynn I could not believe my eyes when I read your story about macro photography. I too am enthralled with the world of insects and I have some outstanding images. I have a microscope lens on my computer and I can see even more detail on every insect. An exciting afternoon for me is to sit and watch insects as they go about their daily chores. It is a world rarely considered by others. I have amassed quite a collection of photos and with each one goes the story of the life cycle and the benefits to our planet. I am doing my first insect presentation for the garden club to which I belong. I just have never found anyone who shares this passion so I just had to respond.

  • JRAGourdArt

    Jenn Avery from JRAGourdArt said 5 years ago

    Great post and beautiful pics of bug art! I agree, take the time to really look and you will see the beauty in all things, even bugs!

  • BeachglassDesign

    Blackberry Bungalow from BlackberryBungalow said 5 years ago

    Delightful arthropod collection. Nature is a wonderful thing.

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 5 years ago

    Good article, I do love some bug's like butterfly's and honey bee's. I love the painting of the dragon fly with the tea tin. Not much of a fan of mosquito's though.

  • alinamahdi

    zamarut jewel from ZamarutJewel said 5 years ago

    Super Cute !

  • bertiescloset

    bertiescloset from bertiescloset said 5 years ago

    made me reconsider the spastic cries of our cats when they realize they can't torture a spider / cockroach / butterfly for too long. great article!

  • NeatNat

    Natalia B. from NataBurgos said 5 years ago

    Yes absolutely! Insects are marvellous creatures, very diverse, strong and fertile. They have such an exotic and almost "alien" beauty, for some time I used to breed insects, and believe me it was such an amazing and exciting job! Most of us also say that spiders are bugs too, but they are not insects. All insects have wings and only three pairs of legs, spiders don't have wings and they have four pairs of legs ;)

  • shaylendolls

    Shaylen Maxwell from CustomReborn said 5 years ago

    Love the embroidery! Exquisite!

  • lowelowejewelry

    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 5 years ago

    Adorable :)

  • shtaim

    Gabi and Einav from shtaim said 5 years ago

    This one is for my girl! My daughter is a big fan of bugs and she will adore this beautiful article. Because of her i am now officialy a super cool mom - I can pick a roach without the smallest flinch:-) Beautiful art thanks for sharing it with us!

  • flowergirl45

    Lynn from BigBugVintage said 5 years ago

    Finally, some respect for bugs. You'd LOVE where I live...it really is known as BIGBUG! There's a creek, antique store and bakery named after these creatures. Great article!

  • macheanimal

    Macheanimal animal from Macheanimal said 5 years ago

    Great finds!

  • DrawingRoomBrighton

    Anna Vartiainen from AnnasDrawingRoom said 5 years ago

    Lovely! I just made a Bugs Treasury List with some other great work on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MTU2ODcwMDR8MjcyMjMxMTA1OQ/bug-love?ref=pr_treasury

  • TheSteelFork

    Kate Gatski from ShopGatski said 5 years ago

    Yes! What a lovely piece. We were were just in the throes of working on a new metal insect - we decided to got with a moth. We hope to do more. They are such great artistic forms.

  • bonniejean12

    Bonnie said 5 years ago

    For decades I've been past the ick factor with bugs (the only one I don't like is the cockroach). I love to sit silently and watch them working. My favorite bug is the cicada and was jealous of my brother this year who lives in Jersey, and me in Ohio. He got to see them en mass and I just got to hear their song. Next spring I am going to start a bee hive, My next favorite is the bumble bee and honey bee. Thank you for your article.

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 5 years ago

    Different & interesting.

  • literaryArtPrints

    Lilia and Mario from LiteraryArtPrints said 5 years ago

    Very Interesting!

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 5 years ago

    Great bug picks! The history of insects is very interesting.

  • rarebeasts

    Brian McNamara from rarebeasts said 5 years ago

    Awesome bugs.

  • riaparker

    riaparker said 5 years ago

    There are some really cool insect watercolours by ManukaMan: http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Manukaman

  • QuirkMuseum

    Michael Quirk from QuirkMuseum said 5 years ago

    Yea, I like bugs too. There may be a problem for em if they get in the house though. With spiders, I try to catch them under a cup and let em loose outside where they can keep the insects at bay. Last week my son and I were working on his car and had to hold up moving it until we relocated a praying mantis that was sitting on a tire.

  • halliefranco

    Hallie Franco from HallieJohanna said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, the story of insects is interesting and stunning.

  • LauraBoyea

    Laura Boyea from LauraBoyea said 5 years ago

    Love getting new perspectives! Thank you for the cool read.

  • handyhappiness

    Heath from GuitarPickFashion said 5 years ago

    :)

  • AudreyKerchnerPhotog

    Aud Kerchner from AudreyKerchnerstudio said 5 years ago

    I love bugs in art. Not so much in my home. But we don't kill them we release them back into the wild when we find them.

  • critterconnection

    critterconnection from critterconnection said 5 years ago

    Great Article.. Bugs..Insects & all Critters are Fascinating.. if we stop to look with an open heart & Childhood Wonder... we can learn amazing fun stuff about them & about ourselves... I Love to Photograph all critters.. insects & flowers.. "One Touch of Nature Makes the whole world kin" William Shakespeare

  • farandtwee

    Vintage Minnow from VintageMinnow said 5 years ago

    i saw the coolest butterfly the other day and couldn't get a photo...i was very bummed.

  • gsward

    Grace Sward from TheThousandWords said 5 years ago

    This article is great! I always appreciate when people see insects as more than something scary. I'm an Entomology student and recently opened up an Etsy store for my photography. I've always appreciated insects in art, and try to incorporate them in as many of my photos as I can.

  • FableWorkshop

    Daniel-and-Jo Battilana-and-Offe from FableWorkshop said 5 years ago

    As a wing maker & Fae this is right up my alley!! Have to love nature & bug life as it grounds us to the earth. This is why so many ppl appreciate insects & nature becos its binds us to Mother Gaia / Mother Nature. And we need to look after her and all her inhabitants... Bees, butterflies dragonflies, all insects are very precious to this world and the promotion and understanding and appreciations of them is a very necessary thing. We need to live along side of our wee critters not poison them or brand them as pests. Or we damn ourselves. We are all connected.

  • joburg1960

    Jeanne Martin from attractivedesigns said 5 years ago

    Well, I'm not an insect fan at all - I always have to catch either the bees or bugs with a plastic cup and set them free outside but I love what you are doing. ...keep it up :-)

  • nickydill

    Nicky Dillerstone from nickydill said 5 years ago

    I have used images of dragonfly wings as inspiration for some of my work , they are so beautiful. I love the selection of images you have chosen, especially the paper sculpture

  • VintageLoot

    Jennifer Johnson from VintageLoot said 5 years ago

    I love images of bugs..don't know why. Always have. Now, REAL bugs, I don't like...

  • BuynSellCreations

    Aleta Brown from GrandmasBabyBlankets said 5 years ago

    I'm one of those screaming, dancing, crazy ladies when it comes to insects and bugs, but that said, like you I love the intricate details in the design of insects and bugs. I truly value the many helpful things science has developed just because of looking closely at the design of insects and bug. Yes, we really do need them here on planet earth. I love the unique things I find in your shop.

  • graceparkart

    grace dan from SEEDsimplybeautiful said 5 years ago

    inspiring motif!

  • CiarciArt

    Marco Ciarciaglino from CiarciArt said 5 years ago

    Beautiful collection of insects

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 5 years ago

    Very interesting!

  • aileendoesart

    aileendoesart said 5 years ago

    http://arted20.ning.com/photo/bugs-in/next?context=user Done with 5th graders bugs in line!

  • TheAmateurNaturalist

    Beth Anne and Sarah Schwamberger from TheAmateurNaturalist said 5 years ago

    We LOVE bugs! We love them so much, that we want people to be able to enjoy them forever. I supposed we want them to get past the ick factor on an even bigger scale, because we think they are so cool to touch and inspect! Once you have held a butterfly specimen in your hand, nothing else quite compares -- it's magical. Our favorite bugs are the really unique insects that other people might find ugly--like a large, horned beetle.

  • lanmei

    mei lan from luckystargift said 5 years ago

    I love insects,even the little ants, I saw them ever find some food, one couldn't carry it and some others will come to help, they are united and amazing.

  • fireflygirl777

    fireflygirl777 from fireflygirl777 said 5 years ago

    I love this post and have loved insects since childhood, hence my name! I was in Sedona, Az. recently and bought a pendant that included a real beetle. I am amazed at the rich, ever-changing colors it has...Thank you for helping us pause to appreciate the little things in life!

  • QUILTSRUS08

    Barbara from QUILTSRUS08 said 5 years ago

    I raise praying Mantids and have found them to be quite interesting characters. The ones I have in cages will actually wave at me when they are hungry. The ones that are out will come and visit me at the computer to ask for food. My favorites are the Orchid Mantis. If you look up CricketCrack on facebook you can see the interesting pics of them in action.

  • combeleta

    Combeleta Malone said 5 years ago

    I am really loving my Falcons' Rise Up earrings. .not only are the beautiful, arrived in a timely manner..Although I can't wait to the season start but Zen Custom Jewelry boost me up even more..Thanks so much ..you are doing it girl..And yes I am passing the word.

  • losethecurse

    Sara from HiraganaAmericana said 5 years ago

    I wish I liked bugs. I can appreciate them, but I'm only able to deal with lightning bugs and butterflies. Great finds, though!

  • StitchyImpressions

    Stitchy from StitchyImpressions said 5 years ago

    Probably one of the most serene moments earlier this spring was out in my garden picking oranges from the tree and a swarm of bees were busy away in the tree at the same time. They did not care at all that I was there and the constant buzzing was very peaceful.

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 4 years ago

    inspiring!

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