Beetles have long been inspiration for artists everywhere. Beetles have been incorporated into jewelry and art as well as servings as models for artists. Beetle art reached a pinnacle in Egypt of 2500 years ago. Dung beetles, because the adults emerge from the soil, were a symbol of resurrection and commonly used in burial ceremonies. Thousands of beetle amulets were produced. Around 2000 years ago, the beetle symbol was adopted by some of the Roman soldiers. Many amulets in the form of belt buckles used by Roman soldiers have been preserved.
In parts of the world, artisans make displays of insects and other arthropods that are sold as mementos. Not everyone who visits Thailand wants large insects first and foremost in their memory of the visit, but Entomologists and others appreciate the “trophy case” displays.
Occasionally, insect art moves beyond curiosity. Recently, the artwork of Christopher Marley has been featured on Sunday TV magazines. Marley traveled extensively and became captivated by insect displays in Thailand and other countries. Marley has created true works of art using the colors and variation found in nature. Some of his work is captured in a coffee table book, Pheromone and displayed on his website.
Beetle art by Christopher Marley