Consider the insect.  Appreciate.  Respect.  Sometimes eat.


42 Butterflies of North America by Eleanor Lutz of Tabletop Whale, 2014 


02 November 2015

Cricket Mas Kahwin (aka mahr aka dowry aka lobola)

Gryllodes sigillatus, that smooth operator 

Gryllodes sigillatus, that smooth operator 

Oh, man.  The decorated cricket has a way, he woos the female, brings her a dowry of a gel-like protein-rich sac that is attached to the spermathophores which will eventually release the sperm.  Such slick evolution, so romantic.  Just read this article on DW.com about research done at the Max-Planck-Institute for chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany by researcher Yannick Pauchet.   Dr Pauchet's research is focused on insect digestive systems and he may indeed be the single coolest man alive.  



Image by Pia Addison via The Conversation

Image by Pia Addison via The Conversation

'Stop bugging the bugs:  the world as we know it would fall apart without them' by Pia Addison, Senior Lecturer in Insect Diversity at Stellenbosch University, Western Cape. 


June 2015

Ogojiii is a bi-quaterly magazine launched June 2015.  I was interviewed for an article focusing on entomophagy, Protein Futures, written by Marie Sainabou Jeng : 

The full article is available via subscription


June 2015

An Apocalypse Pantry installation.

Heather and I catered entotasters for the launch edition of Ogojiii Magazine on the stormiest night of the season.  The tasters were to support the article on entomophagy, Protein Futures.

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We did one savoury and one sweet serving, the ingredients were all foraged/sourced direct from the producer or a shop that sells products from producers just out of town, like Margot's Back Area Gardens shop. 

Apocalypse Pantry Cateration:  Wild Smoortjie (mushroom, tulbaghia, District 6 fennel, spekboom) on Mopane Crispbread  served on mopane cassava kapokbos crispbread with fresh dune spinach.  Hibiscus (syriacus) buds as garnish.

Apocalypse Pantry Cateration:  Wild Smoortjie (mushroom, tulbaghia, District 6 fennel, spekboom) on Mopane Crispbread  served on mopane cassava kapokbos crispbread with fresh dune spinach.  Hibiscus (syriacus) buds as garnish.


20 April 2015

The Space Life crew were brave enough to try live ants (with respect and caution) on air.  This podcast just gets better and better, discussing topics from Artificial Intelligence to Homo naledi, Mars One to Dinosaurs.  See here.


These photographs were taken in 2007.  It was only until 2015 that I realised it's not a green bottle fly but a Cuckoo Wasp, Family Chrysididae.

This emerald jewel lay glistening on my table in the sun.  Dead for at least a morning.

"Cuckoo Wasp"  |  Zayaan Khan

"Cuckoo Wasp"  |  Zayaan Khan


From the small size of insects, we are apt to undervalue their appearance. If we could imagine a male Chalcosoma with its polished, bronzed coat of mail, and vast complex horns, magnified to the size of a horse or even of a dog, it would be one of the most imposing animals in the world.
— Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man
Nicolas Bousquet

Nicolas Bousquet



© Joey  |  We Be Art 1983

© Joey  |  We Be Art 1983


17 April 2015

"Inspiring Insect Thinkings", an exhibition hosted by Open Studio Entertainment and held at The Drawing Room Cafe in Observatory, Cape Town.

© Artank Creative, Cape Town 

© Artank Creative, Cape Town 

The porcelain tiles are my own, with copper carbonate, lustre gold and glaze finish.  They are insects found in the south of Africa, some species we never think about, like Scorpion Flies and Tiger Beetles, to common insects like Harvester Termites or Common House Fly.  Insects need to be everywhere, so many things have swayed us against insects, from industrial agriculture to the anti-bacterial movement (and many things in between).  We've been taught that insects are pests, dirty and need to be controlled.  Insects need to be everywhere, from actually factually being everywhere (as is the nature of insects) to being art on our walls, in our fashion, motifs on our furniture and houses.  It's awareness I'm advocating for, if you can think about insects more intricately you will surely open yourself up to understanding so much more about every other life form that exists.

Zayaan Khan, Cape Town

Zayaan Khan, Cape Town