I must confess, I’m not a big fan of insects, but these steampunk versions have enough whimsey to appeal to my interest in all things speculative. My imagination quickly started running with ways such automatons could be used, and I thought others might enjoy this bit of Friday fun and inspiration as well.
Tom Hardwidge of Arthrobots creates these gleaming little creatures from assorted bits of metal, including watch gears and discarded ammunition:
And Insect Lab has come up with its own version of steampunk insects, which involves fusing real (dead) insect specimens with steampunk cogs, gears, and other metallic components for intriguing (and slightly creepy) works of art.
Did any of these catch your fancy? Or were they too reminiscent of real world creepy-crawlies to inspire you?