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Not Your Granny’s Mothballs

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Spring traditions range from the ridiculous to the sublime, from balancing an egg on its end to the scrubbing and purging of spring cleaning. I, for one, will forever associate the smell of mothballs with grandma’s annual spring purge. But here’s a take on moth balls you may not have considered. Fiber artist Claire Moynihan embroiders insects and other critters on felted balls, then pins and mounts them for display like the naturalists of old.

Claire Moynihan: Garden Snail Bug Ball

Garden Snail Bug Ball by Claire Moynihan; Photo: P. Wilkins

Claire Moynihan: Southern Hawker Ball

Southern Hawker Ball by Claire Moynihan; Photo: P. Wilkins

Claire Moynihan: Bug Balls x 3

Bug Balls x 3 by Claire Moynihan; Photo by P. Wilkins

Visit Claire Moynihan’s online portfolio for a more complete look at her work.

And for the record, I balanced this egg on the counter yesterday, just to prove that the equinox has nothing to do with it! Happy spring, people!

Balanced Spring Egg on Equinox Eve... so there!

Balanced Spring Egg on Equinox Eve... so there!

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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