Caddis Flies are small insects that live near small ponds and streams. The Larvae they produce depend on a small vessel or case-like structure to protect their developing bodies. These protective cases are spun from silk and incorporate substances found in their natural environment such as sand, crushed shell, mineral and plant particles.
French Artist, Hubert Duprat recently collaborated with a group of Caddis Fly Larvae. Taking them out of their natural ecosystem and creating a new habitat of precious metal particles and tiny fragments of precious stone. They created something rather beautiful!
Duprat's aquatic Caddis Fly Larvae, with cases incorporating gold, opal and turquoise, among other materials. Photos Jean-Luc Fournier.
Courtesy Art: Concept, Paris and Zero Gallery, Milan.