"There is another world, but it is inside this one."
Paul Eluard, French surrealist poet
Apt for me today because I am researching insects for a short story, hopefully the basis for a novel sometime in the future. Check this out, an amazing artist who recreates wallpaper and carpet designs with real bugs. And did you know that in 2002 the ceiling of the royal palace of Belgium was covered with more than a million jeweled carapaces of asian beetles, including the chandalier? Here's a picture:
And here's an interview with the artist, Jan Fabre.
Did you know butterflies will 'puddle' (feed) on dung, urine, slugslime, sweat and carrion? Kinda changes things, doesn't it? It's not all nectar and milkweed and pretty wings.