Entomophobia. A peculiar reason why Adrian Kozakiewicz’s 265+k followers on Instagram are drawn to watching his posts of weird insects crawling over his face.
“It’s like shock therapy, I often hear people are no longer afraid of insects after seeing my videos,” said the 20-year-old insect breeder, one of the biggest in Europe. “It’s something very strange that I do, which no one else does, these spectacular animals which people have never seen before.” Kozakiewicz breeds around 50 species of insects in a 25 m.sq space in his home in Karlsruhe, South-West Germany. Among them, the red and black beetle Mecynorhina ugandensis, which appears printed on a Gucci bag from the Fall Winter 2017 collection; and the iridescent Phalacrognathus muelleri (Rainbow Stag Beetle) which Alessandro Michele designed crafted in metal as a bauble for pearl necklaces and on GG Marmont bags. Kozakiewicz’s preferred bug is the mantis, which he describes as the ninja of the insect world. “Each species of the mantis perfectly adapts to their habitat, like everything in nature some species look like sticks, grass, green leaves, dead leaves, stones or bark—also how they prey and eat their food, they eat other insects,” he said.
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