Friday, April 13, 2012

Mourning Insects

There’s no limit to the fascinating, original and unbelievably wacky things I run across while traveling through cyberspace. Like bug memorials. That’s right...bug memorials...

The Carmichael Collective, a creative company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been making and photographing bug memorials for fallen insects.

Take a look:

A fly remembered (2012 - 2012)

Don’t you just love the tiny framed photos showing how glorious the bugs were when they were alive?

A moth remembered (2012 - 2012)

These memorials are a little wacky, but they’re also adorable.

A wasp remembered (2012 - 2012)

Here’s a video of a memorial.



If you are interested in seeing more, the website for this company is here and their Facebook page is here.

Apparently, insect memorials aren’t a new phenomenon. Accoring to Anecdotage:

"Publius Vergilius Maro or Vergil, the Roman poet known for The Aeneid, one of the great epic poems in history, sponsored a lavish funeral for a fly, a common housefly he claimed was a favorite pet. The funeral ceremony was held in Vergil's splendid mansion on Esquiline Hill in Rome. An orchestra was on hand to soothe the paid mourners. Many celebrities attended, among them Vergil's patron, Maecenas, who gave a long and moving eulogy to the fly. To cap it off, Vergil himself wrote several poems for the occasion and read them. The fly was buried in a special mausoleum. The entire extravaganza cost Vergil 800,000 sesterces - about $100,000.”

"What motivated this funeral to a fly? Vergil may have known in advance that the government - the second triumvirate of Octavius, Lepidus and Mark Antony - planned to confiscate the property of the rich and parcel it out to war veterans. One exception was that no grounds containing burial plots were to be touched. When this law came to pass, Vergil sought exemption because there was a mausoleum on his land. Exemption was granted, and Vergil's housefly had saved his master's property."

Very smart...

16 comments:

  1. I don't think you would see this in Georgia!
    Ever been here? No? Well, millions of insects have! Wait, make that billions!

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    1. Can you imagine doing memorials for every insect that died? Endless!

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  2. Crazy!! Kind of sweet though :) I thought that poet was completely insane until the true reason for his devotion became apparent.

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    1. I thought the same thing until I got to the end of the story. Very smart guy.

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  3. It's funny to me when we take something that's very human to do and put it on animals or bugs, etc. Like when peopel give their dogs b-day parties, I always think, "he doesn't care, they don't track time like we do, what a very human thing to do for a dog!"

    Someone above commented that if we did memorials for every fallen insect, it'd be endless. Morbid thought, but, you know, human memorials are endless too.

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    1. Yup, human memorials are endless. Imagine how many people have passed through this earth, and how many more will do so.

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  4. Those are really something! They remind me of all the times the kids would find something dead(anything, insects included) and make these elaborate funerals. They really seemed to get something valuable out of those experiences...

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    1. I wonder if it's a way for children to deal with (and learn about) death.

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  5. LOOFLE! I love how they poured an ounce in remembrance. That was a nice touch.

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    1. Quite the imagination. And I love the tiny props; so cute.

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  6. o.. I find these sweet and sad and poignant.. I absolutely hate killing insects (anything really, I imagine!) and am way more upset by them being dead than alive. they might seem small and insignificant to us, but they're still our fellow earthlings, and who knows all the thoughts and feelings and challenges of their hidden lives..

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    1. I don't like to kill them either if I can help it. Most of the time I escort them outside when I find something in the house. It just makes me feel better.

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  7. Lol ~ that is totally something that my girls would do... in fact they may have once upon a time! :)

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    1. Kids are fun like that! That's what makes childhood so special.

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  8. I can't imagine taking this on! lol There is not enough time in the day!

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