Caddisfly larvae are anything but cute. They wriggle around in river bottoms making cozy cocoons twigs, pebbles, and sediment. Artist Hubert Duprat had a brain wave immediately after learning of the caddisfly larvae habit. What if the critters were surrounded by nothing but gold and precious stones? He hen proceeded to do just that. He took a bunch of caddisfly larvae and raised them in aquariums with nothing but gold flakes, pearls, and other precious stones. The resulting cocoons are tiny and fragile gold sculptures held together with silk. If you didn’t know the real creatures of these bejeweled masterpieces, you’d have thought they were made by a master jeweler.
Check out his Wikipedia entry. All images courtesy of Fabrice Gousset.