Engravings: Locust Dragon.

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The piece from which I drew this creature is a copperplate engraving done in 1594 by Flemish engraver Nicolaes de Bruyn (1571-1656).

What is fascinating about the piece is that this dragon(?) shares the space with  a wide range of accurately-drawn insects such as crickets, a wasp, flies, a ladybug, a scorpionfly, a large moth,and a couple of dragonflies.

Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer Dr Karl Shuker inquired where the engraving is housed in the collections of  the Rijksmuseum in Amersterdam  and discovered that  the engraving’s odd monster is meant to represent a locust!