What’s kinda like a cross between a hermit crab and a beaver, but it’s a moth larva? A Bagworm!
Larvae of moths in the family Psychidae build spiral-patterned cases out of environmental materials such as twigs, leaves, and silk. The Australian on the right, Metura elongatus, uses silk, with bits of leaf. This animal is in an earlier stage, still motile and feeding. The animal on the left, from the Czech Republic, is Megalophanes viciella; this individual is at a later stage, when it is finished growing and feeding. It has anchored its somewhat woodier case, sealed the opening, and begun metamorphosis.
Read more: Encyclopedia of Life
Photographs: left- František ŠARŽÍK via BioLib.cz; right- Donald Hobern via flickr
Finally, it’s done! The largest drawing I have ever made and it’s done with pencils too! It’s an A1 in size which is 59.4 x 84.1cm or 23.39 x 33.11 inches. So um yeah. Huge. XD Had my ups and downs with this but I have learned so much from it as well. ^^ This is a 1:1 representation of a real torso we had to use as a reference. :) The pelvis was the most hardest part to work out I think and the ribs were the hardest ones to get right in the sketch. :) Total time taken to make this piece is I think close to 80 hours, so it breaks my record of working on a drawing too.
Fullview looks the best! :)
Aquamarine, Raw Emerald, Lapis Lazuli cuffs! (at Catbird)
"What matters is precisely this; the unspoken at the edge of the spoken."
Virginia Woolf, from a diary entry dated 21 July 1912. (via apoetreflects)