10 Famous Portraits Recreated with Insects

Insects have a way of getting stuck in your head just as easily as they stick to anything else. Well, the Fantastic Pest Control team has decided to have a bit of fun with that. Let us take you on a journey through history’s most iconic works of art, only this time it’s an image you really won’t shake off easily!

10 Famous Portraits Recreated with Insects

If you ever wanted to see what a pearl earring would look like on a praying mantis, now is your moment. Beware, these good-looking insects might not look their best in such revealing and honest portraits!

Click on the images below or just scroll and slide to the left to see the face of horror!

American GothicVan Gogh self portrait

Arnolfini Wedding


Mona Lisa


Lady with an ermine

Frida Kahlo self portrait

Son of man

The Scream

Grant Wood, American Gothic

If you think a lubbard looks creepy on a farmer’s face, you should know that Grant Wood painted the man to look like his dentist – so he was bound to be a scary figure. ‘American Gothic’ symbolizes the traditional roles of the man as the worker and the woman as the housewife. Well, the lubbard can hold all the pitchforks in the world, but we still all know no one will ever work harder than a bee.

Van Gogh, Self Portrait

Van Gogh drew so many self-portraits, it’s only fitting to parody his obsession with painting his own face with that of a fly – the most compulsive ‘groom-er’ in the insect world. It’s about time that flies let go of cleanliness and invest all that energy into growing a beard, because they look mighty fine with one.

Jan Van Eyck, Arnolfini Wedding

The parody of Jan Van Eyck‘s portrait of Arnolfini’s Wedding is about a damselfly that finally got to be a real damsel and a bee that looks staggering in a hat. But if you look closely, you’ll see it’s really all about the dog that has no idea how it got caught in the middle of a holy union between these two.

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring

This parody of Johannes Vermeer‘s famous painting tells the tale of a praying mantis‘ struggle with femininity – if only a headscarf, a pearl earring and some lipstick could make people forget she bites off the heads of all the men she mates with!

Leonardo Da Vinci, Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa (original)

A list of art parodies would be nothing without a ridiculous Mona Lisa parody. The inherent mystery that Leonardo Da Vinci gave Mona Lisa’s expression is here recreated with the face of a wasp. No one ever knows what’s on a wasps mind – in fact, most people have a hard time telling the difference between a wasp, bee and hornet to begin with.

Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini Portrait

Arnolfini (original)

Here it becomes evident once more, how good praying mantises look in headdresses. Desecrating Van Eyck‘s portrait of Arnolfini for a second time is completely worth it, just to see the mantis rock that shade of red.

Da Vinci, Lady with an Ermine

Lady with an ermine
Lady with an ermine (original)

Dragonflies are normally considered friendly bugs, yet this gruesome close up makes it look like an up-to-no-good villain, only instead of a white cat on its lap, it’s got Da Vinci‘s ermine.

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait

Frida Kahlo self portrait
Frida Kahlo self portrait (original)

For an empowering figure such as Frida Kahlo we chose an insect with the most striking name – the ant lion. It’s not an ant, nor a lion, in fact you wouldn’t believe what it is, but at the end of the day what matters is – it looks good with a uni-brow.

René Magritte, Son of Man

Son of man
Son of man (original)

René Magritte shows little remorse when he paints a self-portrait – and puts a giant green apple in front of his entire face. The sweat bee, though, welcomes a fruit to hide behind and forget the anxiety over its unflattering name.

Edvard Munch, The Scream

The Scream
The Scream (original)

The Scream painting by Edvard Munch is literally what all grasshoppers look like while chirping away in the tall grass at night. If the human figure is screaming over the complexity of human existence, the parody of the iconic painting is more about what it feels like for a grasshopper to really, really crave a female’s attention.

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