The black beauty stick insect (Peruphasma schultei) is known to exist only in a tiny area of 12 acres, in the Cordillera del Condor region of northern Peru. It became known to science for the first time just six years ago, being named after an amphibian expert called Rainer Schulte, who originally discovered the species.
A stunningly patterned Theridiid typical of the genus Thwaitesiahe dorsal surface of the abdomen has a gold and black/dark brown pattern, the sides of the abdomen feature a cobblestone pattern of silver shapes. Both the silver and gold markings are highly reflective and sparkle in sunlight.
When the deep aquatic Cephalopodoptera species was discovered, scientists believed they had finally found that long sought-after missing link between mollusks and insects. Vladimir’s natural history details the myriad forms of the glow-y sea moths that glide through the inky black depths of forgotten underwater fathoms. Prints are available at etsy.