Giant Deconstructed Grass Hopper (Tropidacris dux) Under Antique Glass Dome
Giant Deconstructed Grass Hopper (Tropidacris dux) under an antique glass dome.
Tropidacris belongs to the Romaleidae family and is a genus of grasshoppers found in Central and Southern America. These grasshoppers are known for their impressive size, with lengths of up to 12 cm (4.7 in) and wingspans reaching 23 cm (9.1 in). They are considered one of the largest grasshoppers globally.
The deconstruction technique invented by anatomist Edmé François Chauvot de Beachêne in France in the 19th century involves the meticulous disassembly of all the components of a skull or crustacea. In this case, the pieces are re-articulated and positioned in an exploded array on a copper wire support. This is the same technique as the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.