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Moynihan, Claire.

Bug balls.

Additional Title(s):

Title on back of case: Bug ball collection

England, 2015.
Physical Description:
24 bug balls ; in display case 30 x 41 x 7 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2016 2 (Cabinet H)
Yale Center for British Art, acquired with funds from the Bequest of Daniel S. Kalk
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
"With an appreciation of the natural world and love of drawing Claire has been inspired to study insects and reproduce these as tiny embroideries on felt. She enjoys the humour in producing insects that are realistic and presenting them as traditional entomological collections. Her work is a celebration of insects some of which are ironically described as 'pests.'"--Artist's website.
"Bug ball collection, 2015. Bespoke hand embroidery, 100% wool from the finest Morden Hall Alpacas. Claire Moynihan, [artist's signature], Made in England, ©Claire Moynihan Bug Balls, 2010."--Printed label on underside of the case.
The balls are pinned within a case made by Watkins & Doncaster, the wooden exterior with stained in mahogany. The case includes a lift-off glazed lid, with brass catches and a wall hanging brass plate.
Title (Bug balls) from hand written label on front of case.
A related work by Moynihan, Moth Balls II, is depicted on pages 282-283 of: Marren, Peter. Bugs Britannica. London : Chatto & Windus, 2010.
Collection of 24 hand-embroidered alpaca wool "bug balls" in a glass-fronted display case, by Claire Moynihan. Each specimen consists of an embroidered multi-colored insect atop a felt ball of varying neutral colors. The balls are neatly arranged within the case, in the manner of entomological collections, in four rows of six. Small hand-written labels provide the common name and Latin name of each insect. A unique copy (in this assemblage).
Subject Terms:
Insects -- Collection and preservation.
Insects -- Pictorial works.
Women in natural history.

  • [Row 1] Asparagus beetle, Crioceris asparagi
  • Honey bee, Apis mellifera
  • Colorado beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata
  • Brown lipped banded snail, Cepaea nemoralis
  • Mint leaf beetle, Cryptocephalus hypochaeridis
  • Pale clouded yellow caterpillar, Colias hyale
  • [Row 2] Common wasp, Vespula vulgaris
  • Greenhouse whitefly, Trialeurodes vaporariorum
  • Firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus
  • Greenbottle, Lucilia caesar
  • True bed-bug, Cimex lectularius
  • Bumble bee, Bombus lucorum
  • [Row 3] Rose chafer, Cetonia aurata
  • Lily beetle, Lilioceris lilii
  • Black ant, Lasius niger
  • Striped millipede, Ommatoiulus sabulosus
  • Magpie moth, Abraxus grossulariatus
  • Common furniture beetle, Anobium punctatum
  • [Row 4] Oak weevil, Curculio venosus
  • Green lacewing, Chrysoperla carnea
  • Banded demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens
  • Frit-fly, Oscinella frit
  • Swallowtail caterpillar, Papilio machaon
  • Lousy watchman, Geotrupes stercorarius.

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