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Freshwater researchers and caddisflies at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania

  Freshwater researchers and caddisflies at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania
 
Caddisfly larvae in bejewelled cases

Gavin Rees and Michael Shackleton attended an exhibition opening at MONA in Tasmania as invited guests at the end of November. Michael and Gavin were contacted to provide some expertise on the preferences of caddisfly larvae of the Genus Archaeophylax for the first Australian installation by french artist Hubert Duprat. Duprat is the man who encourages caddis larvae to make bejewelled cases from specks of precious and semi-precious metals, stones and pearls. Archaeophylax larvae usually construct cases from either mineral particles (typically sand) or plant material and the larvae grow upto 20mm long, hence the cases are reasonably easy to view; these characteristics make Archaeophylax a suitable candidate to perform in Hubert Duprat's art-meets ecology installation. Watch a youtube clip about Duprat's collaboration with caddisflies here.