These insect wood sculptures were inspired by research into creating insect/machine hybrid creatures for military use presently being conducted in the United States by the government-sponsored organisation known as DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The project is known by the acronym 'HI-MEMS' (Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).
The images of the insects in display domes shown above and to the left were originally taken by (at a higher resolution) and are copyright of Will Bolton . More of his work can be seen at www.williamabolton.com
Shown below is a sculpture carved four years before the first of the insects above. I had not heard of DARPA at the time.Click on the image for more information.