It’s quite possible that if you stumbled upon these adorable Litter Bugs by artist Mark Oliver, you might actually be happy to see a bug crawling around your house! Each unique species is built out of everyday, worn parts and pieces that have been tossed aside as garbage. Using all kinds of scraps from old book covers to fragments of broken sunglasses, the British artist has identified many distinctive designs that transform his creations into playful and approachable insects.
The project description defines these little critters as: “A creature whose instinctual and physical qualities have adapted so uniquely to the modern urban environment that it has rendered itself, by nature of camouflage, virtually invisible in it’s normal habitat.” Within the series, Oliver categorizes each species with a creative scientific name, which often reflects the types of materials from which they are made. The Prophet Moth has a body formed from pieces of a Holy Bible cover, the Conductor Bug is built out of old metal gears and, appropriately, copper conductors, and a number of old, torn encyclopedia pages are the foundation for the Reference Moth’s body and wings. Although the designs are complex and a tad realistic, these are definitely not the types of creatures that you will come across every day!