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