Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Maybugs...

The maybug starts looking like this on the left                            and ends up looking like this on the right...
                                     it takes up to five years for the larvae to develop into adults


 Around when I drew these pictures and wrote this song, I'd been really captivated by this creature, and now the maybug, for me, has become a rich metaphor - it means a number of different things, which I'll probably elaborate on here at some point...
Here's a fascinating snippet from wikipedia about how maybugs were taken to court in the middle ages...

"In the Middle Ages, pest control was rare, and people had no effective means to protect their harvest. This gave rise to events that seem bizarre from a modern perspective. In 1320, for instance, cockchafers (maybugs) were brought to court in Avignon and sentenced to withdraw within three days onto a specially designated area, otherwise they would be outlawed. Subsequently since they failed to comply, they were collected and killed. (Similar animal trials also occurred for many other animals in the Middle Ages.)"

Maybug is on my new EP, 'Winter Shed'

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