Anima ventacalis
Anima ventacalis
Anima ventacalis
Anima ventacalis
Anima ventacalis
Anima ventacalis
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Anima ventacalis

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Anima ventacalis (Silent sky beetle) is a small flying beetle with patterned elytra and iridescent wings. Adults spend summer days collecting wind-blown floating seeds, scraps of wool and spider web to build their nests high in the tops of the tallest trees and cliff tops. They are mainly pale blue, with silver blue wing cases, light grey legs, blue antennae and shimmering wings. This species is 7.5cm long (3") x 5cm wide (2") x 5cm tall (2"). As they spend their days collecting floating objects for their nest, they also amass unique collections of other items that they use to decorate their environments: flower petals, feathers and brightly coloured leaves that they weave into wisps of cloud and festoon their nests.

This beetle is completely stitched by hand. Its body is woollen felt, stuffed with pure wool. Its wing covers (elytra!) are stitched with cotton and silk threads and tiny sequins over silk. Under the elytra are delicate iridescent wings embroidered with white thread. The antenna and legs are wire, hand wound with cotton threads. It is embellished over its thorax with sequins and thread. Many careful hours of stitching went into creating this beetle.


The beetles are designed as delightful shelf ornaments. They contain wires and delicate fabrics that make them completely unsuitable as toys.

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