|Three Dung Beetles, by Wendy Taylor (2000). Bronze. New Hall Art Collection.|
When I first posted pictures of Wendy Taylor's fabulous Dung Beetles, I had two enthusiastic responses from my yoga class. So I was inspired to find more creepy-crawlies in Cambridge: insects, arthropods, all manner of scuttling, segmented and armoured invertebrates.
|Grasshopper, by Matthew Lane Sanderson (2006). Steel. The Greshams, Gonville Place (facing Parker's Piece).|
|Locust. Egyptian (c. 660-330 BC). Ancient Egyptian. Photo © Fitzwilliam Museum.|
|Print of a spider by Helene Fesenmaier. From the exhibition at Trinity Hall in Nov. 2012.|
|Bee detail, from Mapping the Waters by Amanda Lebus (2003). Pencil on paper. New Hall Art Collection.|
I love bees and am so sad that they're so rarely seen now.
|Sisyrinchium with a Purple and Brown Butterfly by Maria Sibylla Merian (lived 1647-1717). Watercolour on vellum. © Fitzwilliam Museum.|
|Embroidered moth, detail from a North Chinese wedding dress (jacket, skirt and hairband). Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.|
|Detail of a page in John James Audubon's volume Birds of America (1827-1838). Cambridge University Library.|
|Beehive (1899). Relief plaque from the old Co-op 'Stop-and-Shop' store, now Primark. Burleigh Street.|
Not so much an insect as an insect's home. The beehive has been a symbol of the Co-operative movement since the 1860s and can be found on quite a few Co-ops around the country. The Beehive Shopping Centre in Cambridge is so-named because there used to be a big Co-op on that site. Read more about Co-operative symbolism at the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association.
|The Cobwebs. House at 4 Gresham Road.|
Another home without its inhabitants. Where have all the arachnids gone? (This one comes to you courtesy of my son who remembers it from his days at kindie round the corner.)
|Lobsters in a corridor of the Fenners Building, part of Hughes Hall. Seen from outside the carpark gates in Mortimer Rd.|
|Grasshopper (or Chronophage) by Matthew Lane Sanderson, on top of the Corpus Clock (2008). Gold-plated stainless steel. Corpus Christi College, Corner Bene't St and King's Pde.|
This post is for Sally and Jane. ;-)