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Flagrantia oculatus
("blazing" "catch the eye")

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Specimen #01122, 4/5/2001

Wingspan: 5 inches

Composition: 12 karat gold filled wire, red copper wire, #12 surgical steel scalpel blades, bronze treble fishhook, 23 karat gold leaf

Collection site: Osgood Pond, Adirondacks

Comments: As I was making this, at one point I decided to clean it with alcohol. Then a few minutes later, without thinking, I tried to use my blowtorch to solder something... and the alcohol trapped between the wire coils caught, burning rather spectacularly.

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