Frog-legged leaf beetle (Sagra buqueti)
Every Thursday on The Field Museum’s Facebook page, entomologist and insect collections manager James Boone (who can be seen in this episode of The Brain Scoop, and in this video from The Field Revealed series) features a mind-blowingly amazing invertebrate for your enjoyment. I’ve yet to capture the insects in photograph as well as Daniel Le, so I’m totally just reposting this from over there — but be sure to check it out, and stay tuned for more soon!
Named because the back legs resemble those of a frog, it’s a member of the order Coleoptera, family Chrysomelidae, Sagra buqueti. Sagras do not jump but their strong, oversized hind legs along with dense hairs are used to hold the stems of their food plant while they eat. This beetle is metallic green with a red and gold band running along the inside margins of the elytra (the hard, outer-wing shells that encase the fragile, functional wings underneath [EG]). Frog-legged leaf beetles can be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, and Philippines.
© The Field Museum, Photographer Daniel Le, Zoology - Division of Insects 2011
Kiki Smith - Lilith (1994)
"Smith’s art is devoted to the exploration of the human body, inside and out. This deliberately unsettling sculpture was created from life casts of a female model and, in accordance with the artist’s instructions, it is hung so that Lilith clings to the wall upside down, staring up at the viewer with glass eyes. The title refers to an ancient Sumerian demon, a creature of the air who, in post-biblical Hebrew legend is identified as Adam’s intended first wife, who flew away when he refused to accept her as his equal. Long relegated to the realms of superstition and viewed as an evil spirit dangerous to men and children, Lilith has been reinterpreted in recent decades as an ideal of female strength and independence.”
These are some of the winners of the 2013 FASEB Bio-Art Competition. Click on the images above for brief descriptions and visit the competition site to learn more about these images and see the other worthy winners.