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Wow Art: 7 Completely Stunning Mosaics, Made From Insects and Fish

In his book Biophilia, artist Christopher Marley transforms exotic insects and wildlife into beautiful pieces of artwork. See some of his eye-catching designs here.

©Christopher Marley

Sumptuosa Prism

Origins: Laos, Indonesia, Tanzania, Philippines, Thailand, Japan, France

It took several different species (beetles, scarabs, butterflies, and dragonflies) to compose this purple prism. The intricate placement of each bug is crucial to maintaining the balance of the piece.

©Christopher Marley


Origins: Peru

Clearwings butterflies are naturally transparent; the shadows from layering their wings create an optical illusion.

©Christopher Marley

Fulgens Prism

Origins: Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan

With such critters names as “Golden Chafers,” “Shining Leaf Beetles,” “Metallic Wood-Boring Beetles,” and “Lime Weevils,” it’s no wonder this piece looks like jewelry.

©Christopher Marley

Elegans Prism X

Origins: Thailand, Indonesia, Cameroon, Malaysia

Speckled Longhorn Beetles and delicate mint-colored butterflies create a kaleidoscope illusion in this soothing prism.

©Christopher Marley

Tropical Fish Mosaic

Origins: Worldwide

Tropical fish lose their coloring when they pass away. Marley uses a combination of chemicals to preserve their vibrant colors and patterns.

©Christopher Marley

Solar Prism

Origins: Peru, Philippines, United States

Five species of butterflies, including the Apricot Sulphur and Orange Barred Sulphur, helped create this sun-kissed artwork.

©Christopher Marley

Limited Aesthetica

Origins: Worldwide

If Christopher Marley had a favorite composition, this would be it. Various species, including butterflies, beetles, and wasps, all  dazzle the eye with their striking features.

©Christopher Marley


To see more of Christopher’s Marley’s stunning artwork, pick up Biophilia here.

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