Thursday, June 04, 2009
Stink Bug Craftsman
Are you thinking of painting your old house this summer and looking for inspiration from nature? Consider the stink bug.
Stink bug nymphs of all stages (Nezara viridula) have discovered the ripening seed pods of the feathery cassia (Senna artemisioides) in my garden. The fifth instar, in existence for just about 5 days before molting to the plain green adult form, expresses a nascent Craftman sensibility with its willow green body, mahogany trim and black and off-white accents, a color scheme right out of this 1916 pamphlet. Meanwhile the half-ripe cassia pod suggests some more complementary shades to choose from buff to olive.
Here's a house painted almost like this stink bug nymph found at the Daily Bungalow.