Endangered Insects is a collection of four insects located within their habitats. The first model is of the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana) resting in a wetland area. Next is the American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) searching for its next meal. Then there is the Rusty Patched Bumblebee (Bombus affinis) sipping nectar from the flower of a crab apple tree. Finally, the fourth model is of the Karner Blue Butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) feeding on a lupine plant.
I have always enjoyed going to natural places such as ponds and woodland areas to observe insects in their habitats. My intention in creating these works is to increase awareness about the situation many insects are in right now. I want to bring attention to the importance of protecting insects and their habitats. Using LEGO to build Endangered Insects is my way of raising awareness about this important issue.
I believe Endangered Insects would make a great set because it combines ecology with a hands on, fun, colorful building experience. Children and adults alike will delight in building these larger than life sized insects. I hope that each person who builds the set will feel inspired to learn more about these species and all endangered insects. Endangered Insects is for adult fans of LEGO, who will admire the models for their sculptural beauty, for science teachers and nature educators, who will appreciate the set as a learning tool, and for parents and grandparents, who will approve of the set as an educational toy. Most of all, it is a set for anyone who loves nature and LEGO as much as I do.