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Protection

, July 19, 2014

Hubert Duprat uses the caddisfly’s practice of constructing elaborate protective tubes for themselves from materials found in their environment to build precious mini sculptures made from flakes of gold and various precious and semi-precious materials.

 

Caddisfly larvae live in fresh water and under natural conditions they use the objects found in their stream bed homes such as pieces of wood, fragments of fish bone or crustacean shell, grains of sand, plant debris and small stones. The tubes serve various purposes; the stones are used to increase traction in fast-moving streams, they serve as disguise for the soft-bodied insect and the spiky bits make the tube and thus, the fly larva, more difficult for predators to swallow.

 

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