Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


Studio Arts

First Advisor

Melanie Walker

Second Advisor

Robert Nauman

Third Advisor

Ian Hales


Insects are vital to an ecosystem. They pollinate fruit blossoms and vegetables; insects feed on an endless range of food, which helps an ecosystem with decomposition; some insects are even used as a form of pest-control. Unfortunately many people tend to overlook the importance of insects and the study of entomology. In this paper each section will introduce reader to the insect(s) involved in each artwork; the end will discuss how my artwork reflects the research of the insect, thus giving the readers a new understanding of the insect involved. My five projects used the intersection of art and entomology to present issues of habitat-loss, and to introduce to viewers a new perspective on and hopefully an appreciation of insects.