Bugs have a way of getting under people's skin. Sometimes literally, but mostly figuratively. But one artist found a way to depict the creepiest and crawliest of creatures in the cutest way possible.
Even at their most innocent, some bugs make people's skin crawl.
Look at those spindly antennae!
And those big eyes!
And that fuzzy spiky hair. Ick!
But bugs are just animals, and like every other furry critter, they deserve our respect.
One Japanese artist, Raku Inoue, is making bugs beautiful again by recreating insects and arachnids with plants.
When you see a spider or a butterfly made out of leaves and flowers, it's not so scary anymore.
Each Inoue flower bug is based on a real insect, so they almost look like they could come to life and crawl off the page.
Dandelion beetle, anyone?
Not only does this piece of bug art look so impressive, it probably smells lovely too. This little guy is no stink bug.
The juxtaposition between traditionally frightening insects and traditionally pretty flowers is an interesting one to explore.
Inoue used real plants and flowers to create each of his floral bugs.
Then, he photographed them…