Caddisflies are an order (Trichoptera) of insects with approximately 12,000 described species. They can be described as small, moth-like insects with two pairs of hair and membranous wings. One of the most interesting features of the caddisfly is the decorative and very beautiful protective shells that they build while in the larval stage. I suggest you admire the amazing jewelry shells created by the caddis.
Caddisfly larvae are aquatic and can be found in a variety of habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and even temporary puddles. The larvae gather any material they come across to form their protective carapace, binding the various materials together with silk they secrete from their salivary glands near their mouths.
Some varieties of caddis flies tend to use different materials for their protective carapace. The artists experimented by growing their own caddisfly and supplying it with unique building materials like gold and pearls to create decorative protective shells. These shells were preserved as art after the caddisfly underwent metamorphosis. In this collection you will find a gallery of unique shells, as well as several examples of jewelry created by the caddis.
Since the early 1980s, French artist Hubert Duprat has been using insects to build some of his sculptures. By removing caddis larvae from their natural habitat and supplying them with precious materials such as beads, pearls and gold in his own aquarium, Hubert encourages them to produce jewelry that resembles the creations of goldsmiths.