Animation Micro-Moth Genitalia

Animation Micro-Moth Genitalia

A Curator of Lepidoptera at the Entomology Department of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History asked me to illustrate and animate the genitalia of a special micro-moth species in the Tineidae family, to feature in a conference presentation. Genitalia are important identifying structures in insects, very often species can only be told apart by analyzing the structural differences in the reproductive organs. The genitalia of this genus of moths is unique for its asymmetry and assemblage of different parts, which the animation tries to convey. See also the pen-and-ink illustration I made to inform the 3D model and later animation.

Media: digital
Client: Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History – Entomology Department