Caddisfly with Andamooka Opal Chips--A Unique Collaboration Between Artist and Insect
Trichoptera,or caddisflies are an order, of insects with approximately 12,000 described species. They are small moth-like insects which are closely related to Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) which have scales on their wings. Caddisflies have aquatic larvae and are found in a wide variety of habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and vernal pools. The larvae make protective cases of silk decorated with gravel, sand, twigs or other debris. In the present case, the artist Ferg has supplied the caddisfly with tiny opal chips from Andamooka, Australia in which to envelope itself before the cocoon is shed. The result is a hard casing, encrusted in opal chips which are permanently adhered to its surface. The effect is alluring and, because of its hardness and durability, it can be mounted in jewelry to create a unique pendant. Length in
- Please note this lot measures 1 inch in length.