Insects at Home

A diorama

A Daisy Tainton diorama

The Gothamist recently featured the art of Daisy Tainton. Tainton makes dioramas that feature insects positioned and dressed like humans some of which are on the etsy site. and teaches her art to others. Tainton gets beetles from insect rearing operations:

I feel good about using beetles that were farm raised instead of harvested wild. This way they get to live their full lives in peace and then live on as exquisite adornments in loving homes.

As a day job, Tainton prepares insect specimens for curation at the American of Natural History. She is a fan of Russian filmmaker Vladislav Starevich, an Entomologist who curated insects by day and made stop action films of using artfully positioned insects in his spare time.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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