Dirty Job

No one likes to clean up poo but someone has to do it.  Dung Beetles are actually quite fascinating little creatures, despite being scatophages (dung eaters) and also dung dwellers.  The Scarab well know from Egyptian mythology is a dung beetle.  The nocturnal North African Scarabaeus satyrus species of dung beetle is the only non human animal that uses the Milky Way to celestially navigate.  Takamichi Irie captures the likeness of nature's janitor at work rolling an excellently modeled ball of dung.  The tennis rackets for the flies wings are excellent parts usage as is the photography of with the reflection on the beetles carapace and the fly just out of focus.   The beetle itself is well executed as well, capturing the shape, and the details of the spiky nature of the dung beetle's legs.

 

Dung Beetle

Hornet

One of the perks of living on the central coast of California is a distinct lack of bugs. I'm not saying there's none, there's plenty, but whenever someone visits from the midwest or south, they marvel at how few bugs there are, I'm totally OK with that. Take for instance this little critter by Takamichi Irie, I can't tell you the last time I saw a hornet, they're around I'm sure, but I haven't seen one. 

Hornet
Hornet

Mantis

We don't have a whole lot of the more exotic bugs here on the central coast of California, but we do see an occasional praying mantis, and it's always a little thrill. I don't know why this particular insect gets so much attention, but when one shows up it always seems someone is taking a picture of it. Now this version by Takamichi Irie is totally photogenic, being as it's built from everyone's favorite toy.

Mantis

Stop Bugging Me

Just kidding.  You're not bugging me at all!  

From what I can tell from being an English teacher for nine years, Japanese boys and girls have a unique fascination with insects and even have a knack for collecting them.  They're not all just creepy crawly critters!  This makes me wonder if Takamichi Irie collected insects as a child.  He recently spent a year studying abroad and time to time expressed his feelings of being homesick, which might explain where his LEGO insect series came from.  It's amazing what you can do with just a few tiny parts (and especially with those that seem to have only a single use).  NPU, dude!  You can see the rest of the his "Small Animals" series on his Flickr.

Snail
Snail
Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider
Stag Beetle
Stag  Beetle