"The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life."
Lantern Flies (Pyrops sp., Fulgoridae)
Pyrops is a genus of planthopper (the name lantern fly is deceptive) that occurs primarily in southeast Asia, containing about 60 species.They are fairly large insects, with much of the length due to an elongated, upcurving, snout-like projection of the head. The wings are generally brightly patterned in contrasting colors, and they are popular among collectors. This local species has bright yellow hind wings, only visible in flight.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..
Drawing symbiotic lichenised neurons… My imagination hijacked my evening :)
Lichen and sycamore leaf. Photo taken in Aberfeldy, Scotland.
Symbiosis on Tour: Portland & Cannon Beach. Oregon, US
Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach. And some of the local lichen.
After the excitement of SfN Neuroscience 2013 in San Diego, it was actually a relief to pack up my sci-art and head North. The dry heat of San Diego (even in autumn) really is tough on both the symbiotic lichens and pasty-white English girls like me… but Oregon filled us with wonder at the variety of lichen and moss decorating each rock and tree. Everywhere we looked shades of silvery blue-grey and green-gold from usnea, ramalina, parmelia and cladonia species were coating the landscape; combined with moss, it blurs lines and creates a patchwork feast for the eyes. And where the high tides washes over the shallow rocks in places like Boiling Cove and Depoe Bay, the water is churned to a milky foam, contrasting with the bright oranges and golds of caloplaca species on the rocks. Symbiosis project sketchbooks started filling up pretty much the nanosecond I opened my eyes each day. The sad thing about a road trip is that you aren’t in anyone place long enough. And I really felt that not just leaving the forests and sea, but also after meeting Liz Cohn, from Gallery 6 PDX in Portland.
Liz Cohn @ G6PDX - Still time to catch the current EC show!
Liz and I have collaborated but never met in person before. It was an absolute pleasure, and over way too soon! I recommend G6PDX for mixed media and collage art brought to the fore - and there’s (just) time to catch the current show ‘Its Been Surreal’, featuring four fantastic collagists and one of my most loved techniques; The Exquisite Corpse! Another great gallery to see unusual media is Cannon Beach Gallery, which previously showed ‘Playing with a Full Deck’ - the first of Liz’s projects that I collaborated on. I particularly enjoyed the combination of oriental watercolour and print in Marilyn Joyce’s accurate and imaginative bird studies. Definitely check her out! But if you really want to see art that shows chemistry and physics in action, Icefire glassworks, also in CB, has a viewing gallery that you can’t beat. And they ship to the UK… hey its nearly xmas… just sayin’… ;]