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Dragonfly

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Like I said before I like to stumble. It’s a real problem actually. There should probably be a support group for people like me. Anyway, before joining Stumblers Anonymous, I found Jessi Taylor. Her jewelery has a dark, Gothic kind of vibe which I could probably not pull off but I found it intriguing and I am genuinely interested in it. That and she’s sold over 1700 items on etsy which I find incredibly inspiring. So when I stumbled on her site (like forever ago) she was making these kind of rings.

I do believe that that is an actual bee. So I don’t know how I feel about this. I think it’s super cool to see him posed all nice and contained in there but I’m not sure what it would feel like to have a bee attached to my finger for a day. I feel like my brain would make me itchy… or something.

Why on Earth did I call this post dragonfly? Well, not too long ago I was walking to my studio when I happened to look down at my porch rug and see a dragonfly perfectly perched and entirely too still. It was very dead, even though it looked like it could fly away at any minute. It was a beautiful iridescent blue green and black.

I started to pick it up and then I remembered all the films I’ve seen in class and on the discovery channel about parasitic wasps that attack other insects and lay eggs in their bodies. The other insects go along unknowing that they’re carrying a hundred little baby wasps that are eating their way out and eventually the insect ruptures and out crawl all the little babies. OK so that was a little bit of an exaggeration, but even without exaggeration it’s still gross. I don’t remember it ever happening to a dragonfly but it doesn’t matter the thought was there. So I picked up the dragonfly and put him in a ziplock bag so even if he did erupt into millions of baby wasps they’d eat each other and die of suffocation before they could get to me.

Anyway, that was a couple weeks ago. I was looking at him again today and he hasn’t faded at all or anything. I’m not sure how to preserve bugs. Of course with all the wildlife books I have from school in combination with the internet I could probably find out in a matter of minutes but what the hell, he seems pretty dried out to me. So back to Jessi Taylor,  I was thinking about making a pendant out of him. Or perhaps one of those key chains that you see in museums for little kids with all the exotic bugs in them.  I don’t know, what do you think? Would it be to morbid and creepy, or would it be cool?

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