~~ The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast ~~
Come, take up your hats, and away let us haste To the Butterfly's ball and the Grasshopper's feast; The trumpeter Gad-fly has summon'd the crew, And the revels are now only waiting for you
On the smooth-shaven grass by the side of the wood, Beneath a broad oak that for ages has stood, See the children of earth, and tenants of air, For evening's amusement together repair
And there came the Beetle, so blind and so black, Who carried the Emmet, his friend, on his back; And there came the Gnat, and the Dragon-fly too, And all their relations, green, orange, and blue.
And there came the Moth with her plumage of down, And the Hornet with jacket of yellow and brown Who with the Wasp, his companion, did bring, They promised that evening to lay by their sting.
Then the sly little Dormouse peep'd out of his hold, And led to the feast his blind cousin the Mole; And the Snail, with his horns peeping out of his shell, Came fatigued with the distance, the length of an ell.
A mushroom the table, and on it were spread A Water-dock-leaf, which their table-cloth made; The viands were various, to each of their taste, And the Bee brought the honey to sweeten the feast
With steps more majestic the Snail did advance, And he promised the gazers a minute to dance; But they all laughed so loudly he pulled in his head, And went in his own little chamber to bed.
Then, as the evening gave way to the shadows of night, Their watchman, the Glow-worm, came out with his light: So home let us hasten, while yet we can see, For no watchman is waiting for you or for me.
-William Roscoe (1753-1831)
this work of art made me think of this poem and, due to early morning madness, i decided to dig up the book and share it with you all! i know its super long but it is really beautiful. William Roscoe wrote it.
This is the second time I "meet" a Luna moth in a short time... first time was on a sewing blog, as a costume in the making. The costume was very different from this one, though, and I must say yours reminds me of the moth much more! I have one small criticism... the big bug on the right has four pairs of limbs like a spider. Otherwise, it's completely enchanting, like usual... It also gives me a feeling that I've seen something similar done with bugs before, but unlike the previous commenters, I don't recall anything in particular. I guess it's just some sort of deja vu... and maybe it's also because the Luna moth princess' colours remind me of a certain insect, whose name I don't know, but whom I've always imagined to be actually fairies. It's very delicate and magical in that.
Conceptually, this is brilliant. The art is stunning as well. A quick glance it isn't immeadiately obvious you are looking at insects. And the colors are amazing and the detail- especially in the floor- is mind blowing.
I like the praying mantis woman quite a lot, because you don't immediately notice her... and the lady bug with her spotted gown... and the hawk beetle... I almost wish I had a bug book so I could look up all of them. This is terribly clever.
the traits of the bugs have been worked into their costumes so perfectly and the little one by the edge of the floor made me smile. i was thinking to myself this morning that it would be great to see more art from you so thanks, much obliged.