Ento-musings from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Architecture of Insect Wings

by Blake Newton, UK Extension Entomologist

As I mentioned in a previous blog post (Arts & Sciences), I love it when entomology and the plastic arts collide!

Beverly Pearce let us know about a project that she is working on which takes a close (and artistic) look at the amazing intricacy of insect wings. In particular, she is interested in dragonfly wings. Dragonflies have incredibly complicated wing-venation, so there is a LOT to look at. Vein patterns in insect wings are also important for insect identification, as you can see in our Critter Files entry about Green-Eyed Skimmers (which are a type of dragonfly).

You can take a look at Beverly's project here:

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