Category Archives: Insect Inspired

Living With Dragonfly Power

Insect wings are flexible without being flaccid. They change shape when air pressure is applied. The ability to bend the wings can change the direction of pressure forces on the wing. Flexible wings can bend in ways thatĀ improve thrust without … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Art

Artist Aganetha Dyck has been working with honeybees for 20 years. Her honeybee art involves placing objects in bee hives where they are covered with wax by the bees. Unfortunately, her exposure to bees has led to an allergy to … Continue reading

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Living With Insect Folk Art

John Hampson was an Englishman who immigrated to America in 1860. He worked at a variety of jobs in numerous locations eventually settling in Newark, NJ. During his lifetime, he developed a fascination with insects, collecting and preserving them. He … Continue reading

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Insect Calendars

2017 is a new year, which means fans of wall calendars will need a new one. The original wall calendars consisted of numbers: functional but boring. To differentiate their calendars, publishers began including photos and art work to appeal to … Continue reading

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Celebrated Insect For 2017

The start of the new year is a time to celebrate little known animals including insects. German speleologists chose the spotted ichneumon, a large parasitoid wasp, as its insect of the year. This parasitoid hunts prey in the warm months … Continue reading

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Gifts For the Young Entomologist

Little children like insects. Little children like toy cars. Would little children like a toy car driven by and insect? That is the bet made on the Bug Racer powered by Ele-Cricket-y. The battery operated vehicle has a cockpit that … Continue reading

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Living With Myrmex

Mermex is the Greek word for ant. Greeks understood ants as being automatons loyal to their ruler. In some versions of Greek mythology, Zeus populates the deserted island of island of Aegina by transforming ants on a tree into people … Continue reading

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