Custom Bugs

These are all the various invertebrates that I have made. 
Some are available as crochet patterns and/or some have custom order listings. 
Appropriate links below each listing.

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'Lightning Bug'

This is the first insect that I designed. I was originally planning to design several bugs that reminded me of my childhood. It was designed around a yarn that is now discontinued, so I have had to come up with other ways to get the end to glow. None of them work quite as well as the original version.

Crochet Pattern on Ravelry
Crochet Pattern on Etsy
Custom Order on Etsy (options available)



'Tobacco Hornworm'

Inspired by my love of growing tomatoes, I found myself absolutely in love with these fat little guys. My childhood love of insects that had reared its head with the Lightning Bug was fully relaunched as I researched and designed this guy. Originally rather stylized, he is now also available with a more realistic head and true legs. I have also done with guy in captive-bred blue and it looks great!

Crochet Pattern on Ravelry
Crochet Pattern on Etsy
Custom Order on Etsy



'Monarch Caterpillar'

The Monarch Cat was my first design geared toward drawing wider interest. I had no concept at the time of just how very popular Monarch Conservation was, but knew it was an insect that people cared about. This is the original version, which is not very accurate, but still recognizable. This is the version you get if you buy the pattern. Custom Orders get a larger version with the stripes more in ratio to life. (see below).

Crochet Pattern on Ravelry
Crochet Pattern on Etsy
See below for Custom Order Link





'Tomato Hornworm'
and
'Captive-Bred Tobacco Hornworm'

These are variations on the original Tobacco Hornworm that I made for custom orders. I had a hard time finding the right color blue for that one guy.  They are blue, btw, because they are fed a chlorophyl-free food which would be poisonous to the reptiles that eat them.

Custom Order Tobacco HW on Etsy
Custom Order Tomato HW on Etsy



"Honey Bee"

I finally got around to that 2nd bug from my childhood that I had originally planned to make. He didn't go over very well, which was disappointing. I guess people who didn't grow up with beekeeper dads and granddads don't love these guys quite as much as I do. He's pretty cute and floppy without the wiring.

Crochet Pattern on Ravelry
Crochet Pattern on Etsy
Custom Order on Etsy



'Praying Mantis'

The 5th Bug that I designed for a crochet pattern was the Praying Mantis. This guy is an amazingly easy crochet with a rather challenging assembly. Not hard, just requires a lot of room and some hardware. I've enjoyed making these with various-colored accents.

Crochet Pattern on Ravelry
Crochet Pattern on Etsy
Custom Order on Etsy



'Saddleback Caterpillar'

This is the first caterpillar that I created without the intention of there ever being a pattern. It sold rather quickly to someone that has not only turned out to be my most loyal customer, but who I also owe a great deal of thanks to for introducing a lot of caterpillar people to my work. In a little more than a year's time making caterpillars has become my full-time job.

Custom Order on Etsy



'Hickory Horned Devil'

This was the first caterpillar that I created by request- and for my best customer. It is to date the caterpillar that I am most proud of. I make a lot of them, too. After the Monarch, it is my most popular caterpillar.

Custom Order on Etsy



'Eastern Tent Caterpillar'

The second caterpillar that I created by request. I really do love colorwork. This was the first 'furry' caterpillar I did, too.

Custom Order on Etsy



'Polyphemus Caterpillar'

The customer loved this one. I did not. They requested that I do the body in the the freshly-molted accordion position and I don't think that it worked very well with the materials. I spent a great deal of time on it and did my best, but would do it differently if I were to be asked again. C-

I don't offer this as a custom listing, but you are welcome to order a Polyphemus through the design-me-a-bug listing.
Design a new caterpillar for me 



'Privet Hawkmoth Caterpillar'

This is the first non-North American caterpillar that I made, a custom order from the UK. It is another based on the Tobacco Hornworm and inspired me to make a custom listing to do ANY other hornworm/sphinx moth/hawkmoth for a set price. These are smaller than my typical caterpillars (under 30") and more stylized, though I am happy to do the true legs and head more realistic if you want. (See Below for an example)

Any Other Custom Sphingadae on Etsy



'Cicada' (Superbus)

This project kind of broke my heart. I killed myself over it. The customer was very particular and contradictory and asked for impossible things. The wings alone took the better part of 4 days. I didn't get paid enough, lost money on the shipping, and then I got no thanks or hi, bye, go jump in a lake or anything. Still bitter, if you didn't notice.

You can order a cicada if you want. I know you will be much nicer about it.

Custom Order Cicada on Etsy



'Blue Dragon Sea Slug'

Now, in comparison with the Cicada experience, the Sea Slug also took me forever and I also lost money on it BUT the customer was so very nice I didn't even care. I've not listed this one as a custom order, however, because you'd have to pay me at least $1,000,000 and some Ben and Jerry's dairy-free for life to get me to make another one. Not kidding it was crazy intense and had SOOOO many little finger top and bottom that had to be carefully assembled.

Contact me if you are interested in getting any sea slug!



'Monarch Caterpillar' The Remake

So... here is where I confess that I am not always the gracious one. A customer asked me to make some 'improvements' to my Monarch cat and I was instantly insulted. And then I calmed down and still said no because I felt overwhelmed trying to get holiday orders out and redesigning the one thing I knew I could make quickly terrified me. AND YET when I got to their order I make the changes needed and got the stripe patterns more accurate. I also made some changes to the feet, prolegs, and antenna. He's bigger than he used to be, but much nicer, and this is what custom orders get now. This version is not available as a pattern. He's special.

Custom Order on Etsy



'Spice Bush Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar'
aka Spicy

This was also made by request and, since I had not put out a pattern in a long time, I did the pattern. This is the pattern that made me never want to do patterns again. This thing is awesome and maybe twenty copies have sold in the last year.  It's awesome and it got no love from the crochet community. It was a good run but I can no longer make things to appeal to the masses and, since the masses don't love to crochet bugs, I quit. Which is good, really, because I don't have time to do patterns anymore anyway.

Crochet Pattern on Ravelry
Crochet Pattern on Etsy
Custom Order on Etsy



'Forest Tent Caterpillar'

So here we are brought to the 2nd caterpillar I ever made just because I wanted to make it. I literally worked 49 straight weeks last year and the took the last few weeks of the year off. I made 2 gifts (a hat and a doll) and then, for some insane reason, I spent my time off from crocheting bugs CROCHETING ANOTHER BUG. But he was awesome. I wish I had gotten better pictures of him. He was just SO BIG- 5 ft long- that I couldn't find anywhere to get a good picture of him during the wet, rainy winter.

Here is his listing. More pictures to be added when I get a 2nd opportunity to make him!
Custom Order on Etsy



Some of the following caterpillars don't have their own listings yet. You can order from the general 'Design a new caterpillar for me ' listing for the time being. I will try to remember to update the links here once listings are made. 



'Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar'

Custom Order on Etsy



'Gypsy Moth Caterpillar'

Design a new caterpillar for me 


'Beautiful Wood Nymph Caterpillar'

Custom Order on Etsy


'Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar'

Design a new caterpillar for me 

.Abbott's Sphinx Moth Caterpillar

Design a new caterpillar for me 

. Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

Design a new caterpillar for me 
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MORE COMING SOON!