Tuesday, 19 October 2010

WWFW - When life bugs you, become an entomologist

I don't want them crawling on me, but I will wear them as long as they are 100% dead.  It seems more acceptable than fur because their brains are the size of a pin prick.  Plus they account for more than two thirds of all know organisms.

Seriously, creepy crawlies are pretty inspiring creatures and they are everywhere this time of year, including your wardrobe. 


Buprestis - Jewel Beetle
Threatened with extinction due to logging, but for some reason not getting as many column inches as your average fluffy victim.  Likes pine.  If its habitat from Western Europe to Russia is not up to scratch, maybe it could move to Ikea?  Plenty pine there!

Ruffled sequined top, £730, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Valorie glitter clutch, £250, Anya Hindmarch
Venus Orlato 140 ankle boots, £880, Christian Louboutin 
(you may remember these babies, and if you're good, you may see them a thrid time round.  They are good enough to lick)


Anoplognathus _ Australia
That's Christmas Beetle to you and I.  Though it does look festive, it's actually called Crimbo Bug because there's a wealth of them around Christmas time. 
Photo Mike Trenerry www.wettropics.gov.au
Metallic lame knit top, £290
Susan leather clutch, £240, both Halston Heritage
Metallic leather ankle boots, £690, Rupert Sanderson
Sleeveless minidress, £278 (from 578), See by Chloe


Agelastica Alni - Alder Leaf Beetle
Previously rare, now abundant throughout Europe, the Caucasus and the US of A.  See, we are not destroying the whole world, just most of it :)

Patent leather strapless dress, £5620, Versace (it did take a heck of a lot of beetle leather to make this dress)
Dolores patent leather platforms, £560, Charlotte Olympia
Cotton-blend tweed pleated skirt, £485, Proenza Schoeler
Lafayette top, £125 (from £255), Diane von Furstenberg


Agrius Cingulata or Pink-spotted Hawk Moth
I've always loved moths, as long as they don't flutter anywhere near me.  That was before I knew they come in pink!  But now I also know that the hawk moth's wingspan measures between 9.5 and 12 cm, I'm glad that the majority of them live on the other side of the world.  According to Wikipedia, the source of the fountain of knowledge, they are nocturnal and have a penchant for deep throated flowers.  Ahem

photo by tucson-gardener.com

Attack leather lace up platform boots, £135, Asos These are at the top of my my A-FOOTSE 100 (Affordable Footwear Style Exchange)
Cadman dress, £731, Diane von Furstenberg
Plum Loopy Leopard Quilted Denim, £795, Mulberry
Patterned beanie hat, £118, Missoni



More friendly bugs with good intentions wriggling their way onto your computer monitor tomorrow.  Lets finish for today with this lovely beetle

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