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    More little crawly things

    As a child, I was fortunate to live in Japan for a little over seven years. Like most Japanese boys, my attention focused on stag and rhino beetles (kuwagata and kagutomushi) during the summer months. Caught and kept in little cages, they were fed fruit slices with well placed short sticks to climb on.

    Males, with their ridiculously sized head armor, were much more desirable than the dowdy females. My friends and I would compare our he-man beetles for the size of their armor. This resulted in beetle envy running rampant in our little hearts sparking the elusive search for the most ultimate of he-man beetles.

    Above: acrylic on illustration board


    Little crawly things

    Insects are fascinating. Their modular, machine-like bodies always nudge me to think of ways to reinterpret them as in the pen and ink drawing above of an ant's head.

    For more on ants and biodiversity, see the work of one of my science heroes, E.O. Wilson. Dr. Wilson is undoubtably the world's foremost scholar on ants and biology.