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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
Flat C 2022 3
Yale Center for British Art, acquired with funds from the Bequest of Daniel S. Kalk
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Copyright Status:
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Three-Dimensional Artifacts
"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.
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.

  • [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.

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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