Insect Army art project offers peek at the future of drone warfare

By now it's well known that scientists are experimenting with insect-electronics hybrids, resulting in some rather interesting scenarios, including remote-controlled insect drones. Now an artist has taken that idea to its next logical conclusion by creating a concept insect army.

Dutch artist Job van der Molen took his insect taxidermy skills and mixed in a bit of science fiction imagining by adding lasers to the backs of bees, landing gear and rotors to a dragon fly, and mini-missiles to the back of a beetle. The effect is surprisingly realistic and even more terrifying when you consider that these imaginings could very well become reality if real insect biomechanical research continues on its current path.

You can check out more of van der Molen's odd machine-insect hybrid artistry here and in the gallery below.

Job van der Molen, via Designboom

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