The Itch To Create

Mosquito sculpture

Mosquito sculpture Artist: Valery Chaliy

Experiences with insects give some artists the itch to create.   Lata is a remote village in the Noyabrsk area of Siberia, known for long winters and summers filled with mosquitoes.  Artists are often inspired by their local environment and Valery Chaliy is no exception.  Surrounded by plenty of scrap from abandoned cars as his medium and inspired by the millions of mosquitoes inhabiting from nearby swamps, Chaliy built the sculpture pictured left.  The sculpture is a reminder that winter has its benefits.

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Jonathan Neal is a retired 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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4 Responses to The Itch To Create

  1. Pingback: The Itch To Create – Entomo Planet

  2. Tessa says:


    I’m not sure if this is the best place to ask for advice but I need some! My son was given stick bugs as a gift back in April. Well, the keep getting bigger and bigger and they now have wings! I think they need a bigger cage but I’m not sure if it’s better if i just release them… but I’m also afraid they’d just get picked off by birds because they are so big now. They are also brown now, no longer green. Any help/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I actually care about those little things, but I’m also sort of afraid of them. Ha!

    • jjneal says:

      If they are native they can be released
      Birds can be avoided by releasing them in the early evening onto the trunk of a tree.
      They will move up to the foliage
      If they are exotic, they should not be released

  3. Can you tell us more about this? I’d love to find out some
    additional information.

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