|Caterpillars 2009 dyed string|
|Cole as Beetle 2009 felt and foam c-type photo|
|Wasp Beetle, Caterpillars, Argiope 2009 Barge House Oxo Tower|
This below was written in the summer of 2014 for a workshop in the Kent Baton with Nicole Mollett children from The Isle of Grain about markings and protection.
The Insects series was made after spending many many hours in a field in Normandy, over several years, looking at the insects, drawing and photographing them, and seeing how these tiny creatures defended themselves.
I noticed that three different insects had similar markings, black and yellow, like our warning signs, and like the markings of wasps and hornets which both have big populations in the area.
|Hornet watercolour and pastels on paper|
|Batesian mimicry in a field in Normandy|
|Wasp Spider 2009 foam and felt|
|Cole as Beetle 2009 foam and felt|
|Worm 2009 watercolour on paper|
|Cole as Worm 2009 dyed string|
|Argiope (Wasp Spider) web drawing|
I spent so much time in the field that I saw the habits of the Wasp Spider (or Arigope in French), how it marked its web, each spider differently.
|Argiope (Wasp Spider) and web|
|Argiope egg/nest camouflaged in the grass|
|Argiope with grasshopper|
All text and photographs copyright Victoria Rance 2014.
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