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100 Intriguing Insect Innovations

From Bugs Named After Beyonce to Disease-Detecting Insects

— April 17, 2012 — Art & Design
Very few people actually enjoy finding insects around their house, but these insect innovations demonstrate that the creepy crawly bugs that you come across (and can't wait to get rid of) are actually making a huge impact in a variety of different ways.

From the fashion industry's obsession with insect prints to medical advances like bees that can detect diseases through a human being's breath, and of course, the endless amount of artwork that is inspired by these creepy-looking bugs, these insect innovations may teach you to appreciate the little guys.

While this may not stop you from stomping on a spider next time one makes an appearance in your bathroom, maybe these insect innovations will make you want to go out and purchase a blouse with a cute cockroach print on it.
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Popularity
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99
Bug Path Paintings
Bug Path Paintings
'Biografie' by Bernardo Vercelli Captures the Intricate Routine of Insects
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98
Insect Antic Campaigns
Insect Antic Campaigns
The Snapdragon Bug Circus Generator Attempts to Charge a Smartphone
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97
Popstar-Inspired Insects
Popstar-Inspired Insects
The 'Bootylicious' Horse Fly in Australia is Named After Beyonce
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96
Insect-Based Material Alternatives
Insect-Based Material Alternatives
Cheryl Hayashi Shares Spider Silk's Potential Future Uses
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95
Spider Silk Violin Strings
Spider Silk Violin Strings
GeoBeats Examines the Potential of These Eight-Legged Creatures
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94
High-Definition Insect Videos
High-Definition Insect Videos
Tor Even Mathisen Captures the Beautiful Intracies of the Bug World
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93
Insect-Inspired Autos
Insect-Inspired Autos
Aman Sadana's Bee Mobile Aims to Pollinate Roadways
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92
Adorable Insect Ads
Adorable Insect Ads
The De Lijn Ants Commercial Animates Some Crafty Ants
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91
Fruit Fly Feasts
Fruit Fly Feasts
Girl Meets Bug Teaches You to Savor the Pests You Normally Kill
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90
Buggy Brain Scanners
Buggy Brain Scanners
The 'SpikerBox' Neuron Reader Inspects the Minds of Insects
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89
Anti-Insect Applications
Anti-Insect Applications
Enjoy a Mosquito-Free Summer Courtesy of this Smartphone App
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88
Termite Detection Devices
Termite Detection Devices
The Bug Finder Can Hear Insects Chewing
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87
Insect-Inspired Cameras
Insect-Inspired Cameras
The Butter-Fly Camera from Joh Minhoo Features a Retractable Tripod
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86
Insect Clothing Repairs
Insect Clothing Repairs
These Stella Neptune Moth Appliques Rejuvenate Hole-Ridden Clothing
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85
Disease-Detecting Insects
Disease-Detecting Insects
Susana Soares Shows That Bees Can Smell Medical Conditions
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84
Electrified Bees
Electrified Bees
The Body of the Oriental Hornet Can Harvest Solar Energy
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83
Bug-Bedazzled Robes
Bug-Bedazzled Robes
The Dusen Dusen ‘Baby Doll' Dress is Cute
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82
Insect-Inspired Illuminators
Insect-Inspired Illuminators
The Grasshopper Beam Light Adds Flair to Any Space
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81
Live Cockroach Billboards
Live Cockroach Billboards
The Terminix Billboard by Publicis Dallas Will Make Your Skin Crawl
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80
Deathly Insect Advertising
Deathly Insect Advertising
This Hit Mosquito Killer Campaign Urges a Merciless Offense
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79
Insect Instruments
Insect Instruments
Sound Check Your Slug With the Snailele Ukulele
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78
Mechanical Insects
Mechanical Insects
The University of Bielefeld's Hector is a Mechanical Crawler
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77
Insect-Inspired Seating
Insect-Inspired Seating
DesignJoo's Honeybee Stool is Sweetly Simple
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76
Insect-Inspired Illuminators
Insect-Inspired Illuminators
The Mantis Clip-On Lamp Provides Light Without Sucking Up Space
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75
Bugged-Out Bocci Balls
Bugged-Out Bocci Balls
Y&R Makes Insect Ads for the French Company Obut
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74
High-Def Insect Captures
High-Def Insect Captures
Lee Peiling Shoots Creepy Crawlers with Exquisite Detail
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73
Insectual Romance Gifts
Insectual Romance Gifts
Name a Cockroach After Your Loved One With the Bronx Zoo
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72
Insect Wall Art
Insect Wall Art
The Jennifer Angus 'All Creatures Great and Small' Exhibit Has the 'Ew' Factor
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71
Donation-Depicting Tees
Donation-Depicting Tees
The Unicef, BBH & Threadless GOOD SHIRTS Represent What You Donate
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70
Insect Snack Packs
Insect Snack Packs
Giant Toasted Leafcutter Ants are a Bizarrely Healthy Treat
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69
Medicinal Roaches
Medicinal Roaches
Antibiotics in Cockroach Brains Kill Deadly MRSA and E. coli Bacteria
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68
Bug Repelling Brain Protectors
Bug Repelling Brain Protectors
Ear Guards Keep Your Ears and Cranium Insect Free
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67
Insect-Inspired Seats
Insect-Inspired Seats
Saut de Puce by Benjamin Crilout Features Two Legs and Intricate Weaving
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66
Intense Insect Ads
Intense Insect Ads
These Tag Heuer May 2011 Print Ads Show Speed and Precision
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65
Pesty Vuvuzelas
Pesty Vuvuzelas
World Cup Noisemakers Perfect Sound Effect for Rid Insect Repellent Ad
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64
Insect-Inspired Spacecraft Drawings
Insect-Inspired Spacecraft Drawings
The 'Moth Starship' by Chaotic Atmospheres is Seriously Geeky
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63
Insect Persecution Ads
Insect Persecution Ads
The Vape Super KO2 Campaign is Inspired by the Death Penalty
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62
Zoomorphic Computer Peripherals
Zoomorphic Computer Peripherals
The Butterfly Keyboard is Inspired by the Flying Insect
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61
Uncombed Bug Creations
Uncombed Bug Creations
These Adrienne Antonson Insect Sculptures are Made of Human Hair
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60
Insect Enshrining Installations
Insect Enshrining Installations
The Bug Memorials Series Pays Tribute to Fallen Critters
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59
Insect Love Advertising
Insect Love Advertising
The Futureo Credit Card Campaign Unites Savers and Spenders
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58
Minimalist Insect Tabletops
Minimalist Insect Tabletops
The Ant Table by Oliver Nikoli Emphasizes Simplicity
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57
Dangerous Insect-Clad Packaging
Dangerous Insect-Clad Packaging
Tokyomilk Dark Flirts With Your Sinister Side
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56
Animated Insect Pictures
Animated Insect Pictures
Nicholas Hendrickx Documents the Life of Gerald Fly
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55
Fallen Insect Photoshoots
Fallen Insect Photoshoots
Volker Steger Captures Amazing Images of Bugs that Smash into Cars
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54
Forever-Lit Fireflies
Forever-Lit Fireflies
The Electronic Firefly in a Jar is Beautiful and Nostalgic
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53
Glazed Insect Statues
Glazed Insect Statues
Lady Bug by Fulop Gabor is Crawling With Critters
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52
Buggy Construction Equipment
Buggy Construction Equipment
The Orpella Tino is a Hybrid Piece of Machinery Inspired by Wasps
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51
Insect-Repelling Genie Lamps
Insect-Repelling Genie Lamps
The Aladdin Magic Vaporizer Creates a Bug-Free Environment
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50
Insect-Asphyxiating Ads
Insect-Asphyxiating Ads
This Bref Disinfectant Campaign Produces Pleasant Odors
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49
Insect-Saving Ads
Insect-Saving Ads
The Capital Bee Campaign Encourages Bee-Friendly Behavior
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48
Insect Suction Firearms
Insect Suction Firearms
The Fly-Goodbye Bug Hunter Gets Rid of Pests
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47
Insect-Clad Building Art
Insect-Clad Building Art
The Rafael Gómez Barros Work is Unbelievably Realistic
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46
Insectified Car Spots
Insectified Car Spots
The Volkswagon Black Beetle 2011 Super Bowl Ad Travels to a Buggy World
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45
Insect Typography Ads
Insect Typography Ads
Kolner Zoo's The Great Anteater is Coming Campaign is Doomed
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44
Artificially Intelligent Butterflies
Artificially Intelligent Butterflies
The Electronic Butterfly in a Jar Will Make You Marvel
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43
Disintegrating Insect Ads
Disintegrating Insect Ads
The Invaders Pest Control Campaign is Modern and Minimalist
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42
Insect-Inspired Office Additions
Insect-Inspired Office Additions
The Pupa Pavilion is a Creative and Green Meeting Space
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41
Mapped Insect Displays
Mapped Insect Displays
The Terrordome Etsy Shop Creates Intricate Cut-Out Artworks
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40
Beetle Breastpins
Beetle Breastpins
Marta Mattsson Fashions These Creepy Critter "Broaches"
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39
Uncomfortably Close Insectography
Uncomfortably Close Insectography
The Igor Siwanowicz Macro Photography Series is Creepy and Cool
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38
Wing-Inspired Seats
Wing-Inspired Seats
The Butterfly Chair by Laurie Beckerman is Both Eloquent and Inspiring
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37
Insect Audiophile Amplifiers
Insect Audiophile Amplifiers
The Monarch Loudspeaker is an Adorable Butterfly-Shaped Speaker
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36
Billboards on Insects
Billboards on Insects
ECB Use Crickets to Promote 2011 Friends Life T20 Cricket Tournament
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35
Freaky Hybrid Accessories
Freaky Hybrid Accessories
The Butterphant Brooch by Candy Bandits Stylishly Morphs Two Animals
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34
Summer Insect Jewelry
Summer Insect Jewelry
The Magicicada Earrings by Erica Weiner Feature Golden Cicadas
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33
Giant Critter Decor
Giant Critter Decor
These Steampunk Insects by Shojiro Yamauchi Will Add Life to Your Room
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32
Moth-Inspired Shoots
Moth-Inspired Shoots
The Matthieu Inglese by Nella Balda Portrait Series Features Artful Insects
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31
Insect-Infested Editorials
Insect-Infested Editorials
This Vice Magazine Shoot by Ed Zipco is Crawling With Beauty
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30
Creepy Crawler Captures
Creepy Crawler Captures
The Ondrej Pakan 'Dew-Soaked Bugs' Series is Dripping With Appeal
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29
Insect-Inspired Seating
Insect-Inspired Seating
The Mantis Chair is a Full of Predatory Allure
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28
Bizarrely Dressed Beetles
Bizarrely Dressed Beetles
Erin Pearce Creates Jurassic Park-Inspired Outfits for Insects
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27
Colorful Insect Photography
Colorful Insect Photography
Nadav Bagim Takes Extremely Detailed Captures
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26
Creepy Crawly Origami
Creepy Crawly Origami
Brian Chan Creates Complex Origami Bugs
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25
Numerical Insect Illustrations
Numerical Insect Illustrations
The Sienna Morris Numberism Collection is Fascinating
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24
Gothic Nature Galleries
Gothic Nature Galleries
The Histoires Naturelles Series Revolves Around a Theme of Death
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23
Dragonfly Close-Ups
Dragonfly Close-Ups
'Anatomia de una Libelula' by Christopher Alpizar Gets Clinical
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22
Insect Infestation Installations
Insect Infestation Installations
Rafael Gómezbarros Covers Alonso Gallery in a Swarm of Ants
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21
Bugged-Out Photography
Bugged-Out Photography
Thomas Shahan Captures Closeups of Colorful Insects
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20
Hybrid Insect Sculptures
Hybrid Insect Sculptures
Anne Ten Donkelaar Transfomors Butterflies into Artistic Masterpieces
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19
Insect-Shaped Lighting
Insect-Shaped Lighting
The Mademoiselle Filou Lamps Look Like a Swarm of Fireflies
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18
Cute CGI Caddisflies
Cute CGI Caddisflies
The Max Kostenko Volkswagen Insects are Awkward But Adorable
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17
Sleek Wilderness-Inspired Interiors
Sleek Wilderness-Inspired Interiors
Vue de monde Flagship by Elenberg Fraser
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16
Dead Beetle Dioramas
Dead Beetle Dioramas
Scott Bain Micromachina Art Turns Taxidermy Bugs Into Interactive Scenes
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15
High-Res Insect Captures
High-Res Insect Captures
Dusan Beno Shoots Small Creatures Close-Up
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14
Creepy-Crawly Close-Ups
Creepy-Crawly Close-Ups
The Stephen Gschmeissner 3D Insect Photos are Unrecognizable
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13
Sensual Anime Sculptures
Sensual Anime Sculptures
Lady Butterfly by Aiko Nakagawa Beautifies Fairies
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12
Insecticide-Spraying Choppers
Insecticide-Spraying Choppers
The D.F.O Helicopter Brings Farming into the Future
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11
Inspiring Insect Art
Inspiring Insect Art
Street Art by Lemza is Like Something from Another Planet
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10
Life-Like Insectual Origami (UPDATE)
Life-Like Insectual Origami (UPDATE)
Brian Chan's Fixation with Origami Takes on an Insect Form
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9
Tribal Insect Jewelry
Tribal Insect Jewelry
The Eddie Borgo Fall 2011 Collection is a Chic Peek at Creepy-Crawlies
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8
Microscope Insect Photography
Microscope Insect Photography
Steve Gschmeissner Gets up Close and Personal with the Bug World
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7
Insect Taxidermy Trinkets
Insect Taxidermy Trinkets
Lito Karakostanoglou Jewelry Features Exquisitely Morbid Bugs
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6
Eerie Insect Editorials
Eerie Insect Editorials
The Origin of Monsters Shoot from Love Magazine Spring 2012 is Creepy
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5
Upcycled Insect Sculptures
Upcycled Insect Sculptures
These Arthrobots are Incredible Sculptures from Recycled Materials
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4
Macro Insectography
Macro Insectography
John Hallmen Gets Intimately Close with Nature's Creepy Critters
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3
Endearing Dragonfly Branding
Endearing Dragonfly Branding
Borinot Pastry Packaging Mimics the Image of Winged Bugs
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2
Bugged-Out Furniture
Bugged-Out Furniture
Creepy Crawly Insect-Inspired Home Decor by Michel Haillard
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1
Tattoo-Like Sketches
Tattoo-Like Sketches
Si Scott Draws Gorgeous Flowing Artwork
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