These gorgeous mosaics of insects and butterflies are the works of artist/designer Christopher Marley. His obsession with insects actually began out of a fear of bugs, but eventually grew into an appreciation for their beauty.
Marley creates a myriad of designs out of natural things like beetles, bugs, butterflies, moths, carnivorous plants, seashells and even fossils for his Pheromone collection. Although one might think that his collecting insects from the wild would diminish populations, his art is helping carve out a niche industry of local collectors who are dedicated to preserving their habitats.
From the artist:
This passion began for me with insects. Though an avid naturalist from my youth, for most of my life, insects were to me all that was wrong with nature. I could not find beauty or appreciation in them – only abhorrence. However, once I looked at them from the perspective of a designer, I was immediately affected by how cleanly and precisely they fit my own artistic standards of purpose and sleek utilization. Delving a bit deeper into the insect world, I was shocked to discover how much latent elegance and lustrous beauty I had been unable to see. As my intense emotions regarding insects switched polarity, a driving passion was born to share my newfound perspective. In order to bring others to this alternate view, I needed to take these enigmatic creatures as far as possible out of their natural context, where I had studiously avoided them for so many years.