Mounted on 11"x14" white mat in black aluminum frame.
The Phasmatodae are an order of insect whose members are more commonly known as stick bugs, walking sticks or stick insects. Their name derived from the Ancient Greek word meaning apparition or phantom, referring to their resemblance to, of course, sticks and leaves. The small wings seen on this specimen are actually used as part of a defense mechanism, in which the insect opens its wings momentarily during free fall to the undergrowth in order to disappear from its predator's sight when it lands.
All of the organisms used by Christopher in his artwork were thoughtfully, responsibly and viably harvested with regards to preservation of species and respect of life. Each piece is created with careful attention to the flow of negative space, complimentary coloration, and the meticulous preparation and selection of each specimen. Colors are natural and are protected from fading by UV glass. Do not expose any of Christopher's pieces to high humidity or direct sunlight.