Precious larvae

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Precious larvae

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French artist and naturalist Hubert Duprat used the hermit crab shell switcheroo technique to make these precious and semi-precious materials available to a group of caddis fly larvae. The larvae used the materials to construct protective casings for themselves. Hubert Duprat interview [via Teagan Tall]

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  1. orangesrhyme says:

    Holy crap! Those rice krispies are made of gold!

  2. 5 Animals That Are Awesome Architects – News Watch says:

    […] Caddisfly larvae will scavenge for building materials from whatever is available in their environment. In the early 1980s, French artist Hubert Duprat decided to take advantage of the caddisfly larvae’s urge to build by providing them with precious materials like gold flakes, opals, pearls, and turquoise. The caddisflies obliged by constructing beautiful—and expensive—cases that are also works of art. […]

  3. 5 Animals That Are Awesome Architects | Carmen Rivero Colina says:

    […] Caddisfly larvae will scavenge for building materials from whatever is available in their environment. In the early 1980s, French artist Hubert Duprat decided to take advantage of the caddisfly larvae’s urge to build by providing them with precious materials like gold flakes, opals, pearls, and turquoise. The caddisflies obliged by constructing beautiful—and expensive—cases that are also works of art. […]

  4. 5 Animals That Are Awesome Architects | The Science Power says:

    […] Caddisfly larvae will scavenge for building materials from whatever is available in their environment. In the early 1980s, French artist Hubert Duprat decided to take advantage of the caddisfly larvae’s urge to build by providing them with precious materials like gold flakes, opals, pearls, and turquoise. The caddisflies obliged by constructing beautiful—and expensive—cases that are also works of art. […]

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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