‘Arthropoda Iconicus’ – The Artist Who Turned Horror Villains into Insects

For many, creepy crawlies are far more horrifying than anything in horror movies. If the sight of a spider makes you flee the room, this project probably isn’t for you. But despite their reputation, bugs are fascinating. There is enormous variety, with almost a million unique species identified so far in pretty much every colour and shape imaginable. Bugs can provide inspiration for artists around the world, including Richard Wilkinson, who has designed his own imagined bugs inspired by those found in nature.

His project ‘Arthropoda Iconicus’ shows designs for bug species inspired by pop culture. He launched the series with a sub-species of insects inspired by Star Wars characters, and is now on the second species – which he has names ‘Timorpersonae’. This class of insects is inspired by horror villains, including Pennywise, the Frankenstein Montster and more.

The clever classification of these bugs reads; “Timorpersonae are disparate in outward physical characteristics, but share behavioural traits rarely found in other species. These coleoptera tend to be highly aggressive and the manner of capturing and consuming their prey is often playful and/or extended and will almost always show agonistic tendencies.”

“Species of the family Timorpersonae have sometimes been observed displaying ritualised behaviour when stalking and catching their prey and may sometimes engage in mating displays when feeding and vice versa. Timorpersonae are almost always solitary have developed hostile adaptive behaviours to counteract intrusion by other species.

Being a nocturnal family of species, they nest in the darkest available areas. Their nests are often underground or in the abandoned nests of other species and it has been noted that several species in the family Timorpersonae seem to decorate their nests with the empty husks of their prey.”

Find out more on the artists website.