Antique Bugs

June 18, 2012

I was surfing last Friday and came across these eye-catching creations by sculptor Mike Libby of Insect Lab. The insects come from all over the world, and the cogs / gears / wheels come from antique watches.

They look like something from a book — antique and sci-fi at the same time. I can’t stop looking at them and thought I’d share. : ) What do you think of them? Creepy or cool?

P.S. — I’m working on another update about our kids and the French schools. Hopefully I’ll publish it later today.

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1 Pamela Balabuszko-Reay June 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

I think you just blew my mind.


2 My Name is Jacy June 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

These are awesome Gabrielle!

The first time I ever saw anything like this was when I met my friend’s wife (both from New Zealand) who has been doing this kind of thing for years. She modifies bigger animals though. You can see her work at

I’m with Pamela above, this blew my mind. Fantastic.


3 Ivonne June 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

They are beautiful!


4 Caitlin June 18, 2012 at 10:36 am

These remind me of a substitute teacher I had in 5th-6th grade. We all called her the “bug lady” because she had a pet bug that had a tiny little jewelery chain glued to it and a pin at the other end of the chain – so she wore her bug pinned to her chest, with the chain acting as a little leash. It was hard to concentrate in class because we were all watching to see if the bug would move and prove to us that it was real and still alive – and it was! I think it’s still one of the craziest things I’ve seen.


5 Tania June 18, 2012 at 11:03 am

Caitlin, this is definitely the craziest story I’ve heard in a while. I had to read your post twice to make sure I understood correctly. Crazy! :)

These insects are something straight out of a steampunk book/movie. So cool!


6 Caitlin June 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

It’s that ridiculous?! We always hoped for her as our substitute because it was just so fun to see something so bizarre . . .


7 Tasha June 18, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Okay that’s sad for the bug! :(


8 Robyn Popham June 18, 2012 at 11:18 am

My daughter and I just finished reading Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski together. These bugs remind me of the creations the main character’s father makes out of metal, It was a great book.


9 Corinne June 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm

LOVE these! I can’t wait to share these with my buggy boys! We have lots of bug lovers, young and old….these are beautiful.


10 Tasha June 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Reminds me of the mechanical bird(?) in the original (and best) “Clash of the Titans!” Too cool:)


11 carole June 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Definitely cool.


12 Emily Beam June 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Whoa! Those are the only kind of bugs I like! Awesome! -Emily


13 Cortnie June 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Completely amazing!!



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