Golden Flies

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Self-taught artist Hubert Duprat has found beauty and creativity in a pretty unremarkable insect: the caddisfly. He noticed that in their larval stage, the flies used materials found in their environment (such as wood and stone) to build an outer shell until they were ready to metamorphose into a fully developed (still unremarkable) caddisfly. But see what happens when Duprat adjusts the flies’ environment to include gold leaf, pearls and precious gems—the final product is a natural work of art that would make even King Tut turn green with envy.