I created the skeleton of a skeletal Lepidoptera. The Death's Head Hawkmoth (Acherontia atropos), seen on The Silence of the Lambs , has a skull marking on its back. I made a full human-like bone structure for the moth, with the grinning skull protruding from its back.

The model is very thin, yet sturdy and flexible. Detail level is fantastic, and the natural texture of the 3d printing process gives it a bone-like appearance that works wonders.

Yes, moths don't have endoskeletons, that's the whole point...


IN: 4.969 w x 2.78 d x 1.016 h
CM: 12.62 w x 7.06 d x 2.58 h


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@ccal Thanks! It's funny that something not biologically accurate can be bothersome when the whole thing is a skeleton of an invertebrate insect :) ... But I see your point, I actually had the wing structure in the opposite direction at first, but I liked this variation better since it's more balanced visually.
December 5, 2013, 12:13 am
I really really like this, except as an entomologist it drives me nuts that the vein "bones" on the hindwings make them look like they are on upside-down. The veins should fan down or outwards, not up. It probably seems like a nitpick (especially for a moth "skeleton") but insect wings would never be structured like that and it's really visually jarring for me. ...I don't know anything about design so I really have no idea how hard that would be to change. But if an alternate version was doable I would be really excited!
December 4, 2013, 9:41 pm
Woon !!
May 23, 2013, 8:08 am
@arkandji it might look fragile, but it's extremely sturdy and flexible. When people see mine they don't want to touch it because they don't want to break it, and to scare them I grab it from the tip of one wing and smash it against my desk several times. You can drop it, smash it, bend it, it'll just go back to it's original shape.
May 20, 2013, 6:32 pm
Amazing desing. I love the books and also love moths. I have to order one. The wings look fragile though. Is there a way to make it more durable, like varnishing it?
May 20, 2013, 6:26 pm
@jacobclarke Nice. I painted mine with watercolors once, didn't like it, so I washed it with water and the paint came out very easily.
May 5, 2013, 3:26 pm
Pretty badass! Might have a crack at painting it, a little bit scared to taint it though haha
May 5, 2013, 1:07 pm
@joabaldwin okay. Thanks!
April 13, 2013, 2:21 pm
@piposullivan it used to be, because they didn't use to polish them when printing in red... but now they decided to polish the colored ones and they won't do it since it could break :( ... Get a white one, and soak it into a red pigment that isn't too dense (that will be absorbed rather than sit on top).
April 13, 2013, 2:19 pm
Is it possible to buy this in the red? it looks amazing in the photos
April 13, 2013, 1:19 pm
'I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti'
January 21, 2013, 4:47 am
@yukmuk I think the easiest thing would be for you to cut a triangle of paper at that size and put it on your neck. It might be a bit too big for a necklace, depends on how you wear it.
January 2, 2013, 1:43 am
If I may ask, I have a very difficult time trying to measure the relativity of things, is there a simple size comparison of the moth skeleton to a standard household object? I'd like to get one to wear as a necklace, but I don't want the moth skeleton to be overly large and unwieldy. (Btw, I do see the measurements, but again, I am very poor at the imaginary size of things.) Thanks in advance!
January 1, 2013, 8:25 pm
Very cool design!
December 23, 2012, 9:27 am
BADASS!!!! Sick design dude!
December 22, 2012, 6:12 am
I like this design. Very creepy.
November 8, 2012, 10:27 am
I got the moth yesterday! I love it-the detail is great and I hope my friend will love it too-it is a gift:o) Now I want one myself...
August 15, 2012, 9:01 pm
I modeled it in Maya... I used a default human skeleton from which I stole/modified most of the pieces. By the way, I just uploaded new pics, from the black and red colors.
June 22, 2012, 2:27 am
This is pretty cool. What software did you use to create it?
June 6, 2012, 10:19 am
Received mine a few days ago--it is fantastic. Beautiful detail, and very cleverly designed with logical bone structure. It was a very well-appreciated gift.
June 4, 2012, 7:04 pm
SO badass.....
June 1, 2012, 5:12 pm
I don't have a picture of the other colors, but red would be like this material here: http://www.shapeways.com/model/323060/blossom-heart.html ... The moth in the main picture here is pure white, I just added some colored lights.
May 23, 2012, 10:15 pm
is the red one the red/white mottled color from the first picture or straight red? do you have pics of all the color options?
May 23, 2012, 9:59 pm
Thanks for the tip. I like to order them myself before making them available, just in case there is a problem with the print. If I make enough from the sales to pay for a silver one, I'll order it and if it looks good I'll make it available :)
May 23, 2012, 9:23 pm
Ah, got it. However, your design is beautiful and I bet some people would actually buy this in silver. Some might pay a multiple of $120, in fact. I'm getting one in white, now, though :) Thanks for this!
May 23, 2012, 9:21 pm
Why not metal? Because most bones are 1mm thick, and stainless steel requires a 3mm minimum. I could print it in silver, but it would cost over $120.
May 23, 2012, 9:08 pm
Why not in metal?
May 23, 2012, 9:04 pm
Featured in Boing Boing, yay! Does anyone dear wear it as a necklace?
May 23, 2012, 8:06 pm
May 23, 2012, 8:04 pm
This is creepy cool....
May 16, 2012, 1:57 pm


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