The Prettiest Cocoons You’ll Ever See


If magpies can nick our shiny objects for their own purposes, why not other animals?

French artist Hubert Duprat puts jewels in the aquariums of caddis fly larvae, obliging them to build their cocoon-like sheaths out of materials like gold and diamonds.

The result is a breathtaking mix of nature and human design which raises all kinds of biological, artistic, and philosophical issues, not the least of which is Duprat’s observation that “certain larvae…seem to have better facility with some materials than with others.” Some insects just have natural class, dahling.

(Via Boing Boing.)

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →