Gilded Maggots

If you’ve ever been face down in a creek and seen the twigs and grains of sand sprout legs and scuttle away from you, then you  you’re familiar with caddis fly larvae.  These little underwater worms glue dirty bits of the world around them together to form a shell. The ground moves, the perfect hiding place, they are clever but they are not pretty.

However, the mind of this worm is not only clever, it’s downright artistic. The shells that they make form little patterns and stripes. In a brain smaller then the dot of this i, the caddis fly possesses artistic intent.

And when put in more opulent environs they create jewelry

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