I don't go in for massive showy gifts for Valentines day, it used to be a handmade card and some flowers, but nowadays I generally don't even get time to make anything!
But I had a little idea pop into my head this year and so I went with it and created a Lovebug in a entomology style, I loved it so much that I just had to do a second – the well-known Horny Lovebug!
I came up with some latin names to accompany them - Scarabaeidae Amare and Dynastini Eupatorus Lubido and tried to encapsulate the appropriate feel for how each beetle's attributes would create it's appearance.
Here's the Horny Lovebug and some more detail shots of both:
I saw an article on 8 of the UK's most endangered invertebrates, and this image immediately came to mind – we always hear about all the large scale ecological disasters around the world that such small things as these can often go unnoticed and unappreciated. The threatened species are from top to bottom(excluding the crushed bits!) – Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, New Forest Cicada, Bog Hoverfly, Shrill Carder Bee, Hornet Robber Fly, Tansy Beetle, Rossers Sac Spider and the Ladybird Spider.
Here are some close ups: